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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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  • A winding drive takes you to the parking lot right across from the Visitor's Center where you purchase your ticket which is good for coming and going all day. Your tour time is assigned when you make ...  more »
  • Beautiful estate. Thomas Jefferson had many skills outside being a leader of the early United States. The docents were informative, though not completely accurate policticly. The grounds and garden am...  more »
  • An EXCELLENT place to go with visitors, friends, or even alone. There is something here for adults & children alike !!