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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.

Pruning a Double Musk Rose in early March.
Are you looking for ways to get back in the garden again after a long, cold winter spent indoors? Happily late winter, before the new buds break, is the perfect time to prune dormant shrubs that bloom on “new wood”. Generally, these are shrubs that bloom during the summer and fall; such shrubs...More >>
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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...More >>
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 >>
2012 Liberty Today Talented Teacher's Forum participants
Here at Monticello we have fantastic programs and resources for students and teachers . However, there has never been one like Liberty Today. The program began in 2011 with a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, and is quickly becoming the premiere professional development opportunity for the...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...More >>
"Those Rebels, John and Tom" by Barbara Kerlley; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringh
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. One day on a tour at...More >>
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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 >>



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