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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville
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For an in-depth look at the private life of the third president of the United States, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Jefferson built this estate after inheriting land from his father, eventually creating a vast plantation used primarily for cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops. Utilizing slave labor, Jefferson later switched his production from tobacco to wheat. The main house sits on the summit of a 260 m (850 ft) mountain peak, featuring design elements popular in late 18th-century Europe. The surrounding grounds include several historical outbuildings, including a nailery, slave quarters, and rooms Jefferson used for his plant breeding experiments. Check online for upcoming events and available tours. Use our Charlottesville vacation planner to add Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and other attractions to your Charlottesville vacation plans.
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  • Such an enjoyable day, taking the Behind the Scenes Tour and strolling around, making our way back on foot to parking area. Walk in Jefferson's footsteps, consider the seeming dichotomous generosity o...  more »
  • The Monticello tour is well worth the trip. The vegetable garden size is impressive. The mansion tour provides many details and stories including the bed in the wall between two rooms, pick your side,...  more »
  • We got there early to beat the crowds, which was a wise decision. We had the place practically to ourselves and the tour was informative and the grounds beautiful. Perfect day!!