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 excavated. Archaeologists unearthed it at the bottom of a 20-foot long test trench excavated across Mulberry Row to establish the depth of the Jefferson-era ground surface.more »
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 the earlier of the two sites was occupied in the first few decades of the nineteenth century, probably by enslaved field laborers who worked on the Tuftmore »
Thank you to all the young scholars and family members who turned out for Monticello’s 3rd 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 Center.
Below are some of our favorite shots from the day. You can share Home Educator Day photos of your own by adding them here.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-hemisphere winter by volunteer birdwatchers. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation.more »
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.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 psychology—without demonizing him.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. 14, 2012. more »