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Monticello, Charlottesville

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#1 of 389 in Parks in Virginia
Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Historic Site
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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 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. Add Monticello and other attractions to your Charlottesville trip itinerary using our Charlottesville tour planner.
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  • My wife and I took the behind-the-scenes tour. Sue was our tour guide and she did a great job of explaining the history of Monticello. Listening to Thomas Jefferson tell the old history stories was... 
    My wife and I took the behind-the-scenes tour. Sue was our tour guide and she did a great job of explaining the history of Monticello. Listening to Thomas Jefferson tell the old history stories was...  more »
  • We decided to go to Monticello reluctantly when our other plans for the day fell through. We were pleasantly surprised by how interesting and well run the tours were. We ended up spending the whole... 
    We decided to go to Monticello reluctantly when our other plans for the day fell through. We were pleasantly surprised by how interesting and well run the tours were. We ended up spending the whole...  more »
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  • Amazing experience. Would have liked to see more of the house for the price especially during the pandemic. Only got to walk the downstairs. Also only 30% of all the items in the home are original and owned by Jefferson. House and property are beautiful and the views are amazing. Definitely worth a visit. Love that they are creating a more visual and respectful place for the slaves of the time and giving them the rightful acknowledgment of their amazing contribution as well. Overall, worth a visit. Great stories and a wonderful part of history.
  • Excellent historical and architectural site, well maintained and managed. We visited with four young children. There is plenty of information and narrative throughout the site, but the true value comes from experiencing in person a preserved/reconstructed site from a period in history. The whole visit is a bit more challenging if you are pushing a stroller. Steep parking lot and walkways, etc. We hiked from the visitors center to the home (and back down) with a stroller which was hard work, but manageable. They also have a shuttle which certainly makes access much easier. Also touring the home is pretty tight, but the guides were very accommodating and helpful.

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