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Earlier this year, Monticello's archaeology team located the remains of a previously undocumented building on Mulberry Row. The new find consists of a brick paving that served as the floor of a log structure whose walls have left no visible trace. Only the northern edge of the paving has been...More >>
A Padlock, matching one found on Mulberry Row
Over the past two months, Monticello’s archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown archaeological sites that were once the homes of slaves who lived at Tufton, about a mile and a quarter east of Jefferson’s mountaintop mansion. Our preliminary assessment of the artifacts indicates that...More >>
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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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Gardens
Thank you to all the young scholars and family members who turned out for Monticello’s 3 rd annual Home Educators’ Day! Nearly 600 people joined us under beautiful sunny skies for a day of fun and activities all around the mountaintop and in the classrooms of the Carl and Hunter Smith Education...More >>
On December 23, 2011, an informal Christmas Bird Count was conducted at Tufton Farm, in the fields surrounding the nursery of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants . The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, performed annually in the early Northern-...More >>
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Gardens
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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 >>
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? By Jean Fritz Pictures by Tomie dePaola 1977 Reading level: 4 th -6 th grade While over thirty years old, this book’s text and pictures still make it a fun read. It traces King George’s life from boyhood to the end of the Revolutionary War. Our book club...More >>

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