Frequently listed among the best places to live in the U.S., Charlottesville is also a great place to visit. Whether you love food, history, the arts, or the great outdoors, Charlottesville has it all.
Local Historic Sites
Charlottesville is rich with history. In addition to Jefferson, the area was home to Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. The University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded and designed, is (along with Monticello) a World Heritage site and an architectural masterpiece.
THOMAS JEFFERSON was widely known for his hospitality and was fond of entertaining at his beloved mountaintop home, Monticello. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation hosts a variety of educational tours and events, including receptions, conferences, and private after-hours tours of Monticello. The Foundation is privileged to offer organizations and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to our mission of preservation and education the opportunity to conduct special educational tours and lectures with accompanying meetings or social events.
Whether it's your dream wedding day, a bridesmaid luncheon, or a stunning rehearsal dinner, let Thomas Jefferson's Monticello help to plan your perfect day. Our dedicated event planners can help make your special day a memorable one. Unsurpassed in elegance and style, our various venues will fulfill your every vision for the perfect wedding celebration.
Wedding DayMontalto and the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
These ever-popular workshops, in their 28th year, produce a gratifying and tangible end product: a beautiful holiday wreath. Janet Miller, Lou Hatch, and Maggie Stemann Thompson will lead participants through the process in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including a cornucopia of natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. $75 (all materials included); reserved tickets are required and can be purchased online beginning November 8, at monticello.org or by calling (434) 984-9880.
The ICJS fellowship program for domestic and international scholars promotes research of Jefferson’s life and times and the community at Monticello. Since its founding, the ICJS has hosted nearly 300 domestic and international scholars from the U.S.