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A Founding Father of the field-to-fork food movement, Thomas Jefferson often entertained the reverie of life as a market gardener with, “…such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another.” Within the thousand-foot-long...More >>
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This year Monticello launched the new ‘Getting Word’ website —a vast collection of oral histories, images, and documentation encompassing seven generations of families descended from Monticello’s African American community. The website is the result of decades of research, nearly twenty years of...More >>
Teri Allard, host of Charlottesville Inside Out shows how to get in touch with American history at Monticello's Griffin Discovery Room. Click here to watch the video »More >>
The New York Times calls it "an invaluable companion book" to the recently opened exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This pioneering work by Monticello's Shannon Senior Research Historian Cinder Stanton has deepened our understanding of Jefferson—his character and...More >>
Monticello's joint exhibition with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Jan 27., at the National Museum of American History on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Admission is free, and we hope you'll get a chance to experience it before it closes on Oct...More >>
The AP's Zinie Chen Sampson writes about three new projects launching this winter to shed light on the slaves who lived and worked at Monticello. The article has appeared in several U.S. media outlets as well as in the UK and India. Read it online (no longer available).More >>
Fountain Hughes, grandson of Monticello gardener Wormley Hughes
A recent entry in the New York Times' ongoing Disunion feature revisiting the Civil War, highlights an interview with Fountain Hughes, whose ancestors were slaves at Monticello, and cites the work of our own Cinder Stanton. Hughes's interview, originally recorded as part of the Slave Narrative...More >>
Thomas Jefferson's dining room was restored recently to its original zingy chrome yellow. Recently, the Wall Street Journal featured a story on Jefferson's influence on decorator and former White House design consultant Carleton Varney. Check out the story on The Wall Street Journal online.More >>
Chances are that you weren't able to be with us for this year's Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Not to worry. NBC's Today Show and The Coca-Cola Company have made their coverage of this inspiring event available online. In this brief but very moving video,...More >>
Muhtar Kent welcomes America's newest citizens at Monticello on July 4, 2011. Learn more about the annual Independence Day and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello .More >>

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