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Salad made from greens grown at Monticello awaits dressing
A classic viniagrette seems a likely staple at Monticello's table. From Dining at Monticello , edited by Damon Lee Fowler. Serves 6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons wine vinegar or tarragon wine vinegar salt whole black pepper in a pepper mill 6 - 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 6 cups mixed salad...More >>
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Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. At Monticello, February is an opportunity to highlight the programs and tours offered at Monticello that shed light on the lives of the African American men and women who lived and worked here...More >>
Teamwork in action
This past weekend, seven families participated in Monticello’s first ever My Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop. We loved seeing multiple generations working together with such focus, creativity, and collaboration. Check out the exuberant work of these budding architects! To learn more,...More >>
The Wall Street Journal highlights the work of Monticello Research Librarian Anna Berkes battling rampant misquotiing of Thomas Jefferson and invites readers to take a "Quoting Jefferson" quiz. Read the article and take the quiz at To Quote Thomas Jefferson, 'I Never Actually Said That' Check out...More >>
In 1762, Thomas Jefferson described Christmas as the “day of greatest mirth and jollity.” During this special holiday season, share the genius of Jefferson and Monticello with the people on your gift list! The Monticello Museum Shop has a gift for every age, style, and budget—ranging from a Tulip...More >>
Author Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham, author of the newly released and highly praised Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power , gives Fodor's his top reasons to visit Jefferson's home. "It's as close as you can get to a conversation with Thomas Jefferson.” Read it online »More >>
A selection of the apples sampled at the 2012 Monticello Apple Tasting
And the results are in. This year's favorite was . . . . . . the Ralls Genet -- which typically fares poorly at this event -- followed by perennial favorites the Esopus Spitzenburg and the Ashmead's Kernel (see the tabulations below). Not appearing among the tastiest this time was the Albemarle...More >>
Revolutionary chef Alice Waters visits Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA to prepare a meal in Jefferson's kitchen, with chef Scott Peacock. Visit Monticello's YouTube Channel.More >>
On June 8, 2012, Smithsonian Gardens staff harvested beets, cabbage and turnips to be displayed as part of The Jefferson Table and Gillette Family Garden public program presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) at the USDA Farmer’s Market. The program...More >>
What could make the Heritage Harvest Festival even more special? Locally brewed craft beers! Listen to music, enjoy local food and sample craft beer in the Festival’s first ever Craft Beer Garden sponsored by Starr Hill Brewery. Enjoy the award-winning Monticello Reserve Ale (2011 Silver Medal –...More >>

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