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Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.

Mulberry Row
Let’s begin with what Mulberry Row wasn’t. It was not a long line of slave cabins standing in the shadow of the main house. It did not stay the same during Jefferson’s lifetime. It was not an invisible or unimportant part of the Monticello plantation. Those are some common misconceptions about...More >>
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Mulberry Row
Peter Hatch
Before Peter Hatch’s arrival more than thirty years ago, Monticello was extolled as great architecture, and the home of one of the country’s most important figures. It was Peter who uncovered Jefferson’s experimental garden at Monticello, recognized its revolutionary influence and restored it for...More >>
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Gardens, Research
Map of Visitor Center
As spring settles in, more and more visitors are making their way to Monticello. With Spring Break upon us, this seems a fitting time to offer some insider tips to make your family trip to Monticello as pleasant as it can be. I’ll include a list below of some helpful hints, and I encourage you to...More >>
I’ve spent the last several months going through the library’s files, neatening things up, eliminating duplicates and inconsistencies, and generally satisfying my compulsion to organize things and make sure everything is spelled correctly. I found something the other day which has turned out to be...More >>
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Garden Club of Virginia's restoration of the twenty oval flower beds and winding walk flower border, join us for an elegant garden party with award winning author Andrea Wulf. Enjoy informal tours of Monticello and the flower gardens, a champagne toast...More >>
Peter G. Peterson
Prepared Remarks at Celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 268th Birthday Charlottesville, Virginia April 13, 2011 Watch a video of this speech » Thank you, Gene, for your kind introduction. And thank you to Leslie Greene Bowman and Don King of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. To Dean Harry Harding and...More >>
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Jefferson Today
The translation of selected works of Jefferson into Arabic was inspired by Professor Juan Cole at the University of Michigan who is a leading interpreter of the Middle East. Following the dramatic events of 9/11, Professor Cole was concerned about the lack of availability of classic writings about...More >>
Gabriele accepts the VA Agribusiness Council's 2011 Distinguished Service Award
Monticello’s Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds Gabriele Rausse was recognized for his service to the Virginia wine industry during the 4th annual Virginia Wine Expo, held in Richmond, Virginia on February 25. Donna Pugh Johnson from the Virginia Agribusiness Council presented Rausse with...More >>
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Gardens, Food and drink
Shelling fresh peas.
Time for the April installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph , kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson. Leni Sorensen, our African American Research Historian and a culinary historian of national repute, has...More >>
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Food and drink
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Michelle Obama declared in 2010 that the White House kitchen garden “has been one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life so far.” The garden is a central feature of the first lady’s “ Let's Move ” initiative to create healthier American children by combating childhood obesity, improving school...More >>
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