Winter at Monticello brings with it a solitary, clear beauty, with vistas that stretch for miles. When the shutters weren’t closed to contain the warmth, family, guests, and enslaved servants might have admired the snowy views out of the numerous large windows, but this pleasure was certainly tempered by the cold they endured. Limited heat cast by stoves and fireplaces, made some rooms moderately comfortable by today’s standards.more »
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 »
Doing tours is only an occasional, wee part of my job. However, exploring Monticello with visitors is one of my favorite parts of my work. I'm a goofball by nature, so I don't always play it straight while doing house tours.
In the entrance hall at Monticello, there is a Thomas Sully portrait of Jefferson.
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain and illustrations by Larry Day. Reading level: ages 7 and up.
Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerlley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Reading level: ages 6 and up.more »
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!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 Poplar Heirloom Hobby Horse to a book selection of more than 250 titles. more »
CBS Sunday Morning took an in-depth look at how Monticello is telling the story of slavery—from our landmark exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty to our Slavery at Monticello tours. The feature story includes an interview with Curator Elizabeth Chew and Tour Guide David Ronka.more »