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Holiday Evening Tours at Monticello
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, November 27, 2013Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Monticello) – Enjoy the merriment of the holidays Jefferson-style at Monticello!    Be the first to see Monticello decorated for the season on December 1, when Thomas Jefferson will host a Holiday Open House. Decorate your own home during our classic Wreath Workshops! Learn how to create an all-natural wreath with materials handpicked from the grounds at Monticello. Workshops feature tastings from the Shop at Monticello and a contest.   Embrace your inner architect during My Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop. Watch artisans create specialty crafts, sample heritage chocolate, and find local gifts for family and friends during our second Handmade for...


New DAACS Homepage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 21, 2013 Media Contacts: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA—October is Virginia Archaeology Month, and Monticello archaeologists are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) featuring new data from archaeological sites at Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and seven other sites of slavery in Virginia. A major feature of the DAACS website re-launch is a set of new image-laden object galleries highlighting artifacts, documents, and maps from important archaeological sites. The galleries were built in collaboration with archaeologists at Mount Vernon who recently catalogued over 100,000 artifacts and field records, including 150,000 faunal remains (...


Jon Meacham
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 14, 2013 Media Contacts: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 “…it may be said that Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the Fine Arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.” - The Marquis de Chastellux, 1782 on his first visit to Monticello MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA – Thomas Jefferson was on the cutting edge of architecture, design, horticulture, and cuisine. His genius for the art of daily life remains influential today. House Beautiful magazine, a leading authority on American home design and decoration, recently announced the launch of a “pop up” guest editor series and named renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss as guest editor for the November 2013 issue themed “The Arts of Living.”  A trustee of Monticello...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 3, 2013 Media Contacts: Kathryn Goodson, 434-984-7570, Chad Wollerton, 434-984-9823 The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is quickly becoming a regional favorite among East Coast festival goers interested in local food, farming, heirloom tastings, music, and family activities. This year’s festival will feature a music stage with national acts, an enhanced family area with a petting zoo including cows, sheep, goats and chickens, and a foodie-inspired food and beverage tasting. The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and is a celebration of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson. Often considered America’s “first foodie,” Jefferson championed...


Southern Living’s Steve Bender to be a featured speaker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 29, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 The gardens of Monticello served as a laboratory for the exchange of new and unusual plants with family members, neighbors, and a national and international network of plant explorers and plantsmen. Thomas Jefferson himself served as a missionary of seeds for his novel collection of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants. He once wrote to André Thoüin of the Jardin de Plantes in Paris that his seeds “came safely to hand and were committed to our best seedsmen, in order that they might be preserved and distributed so as to become general.” Each year a “seed swap” is held at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello to celebrate this...


51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at the home of Thomas Jefferson to feature musician Dave Matthews as keynote speaker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — This July 4th will mark the 237th anniversary of American independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 individuals have been sworn in as American citizens on Independence Day at Monticello in proceedings presided over by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia. This year, 80 people from 38 countries will become citizens at Monticello. The ceremony is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony that takes place outside of a courtroom in the United States. Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave...


Dave Matthews will be the featured speaker at Monticello on July 4, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 30, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony—the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the United States. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 9, 1967, Matthews became a naturalized American citizen in 1980. His family moved frequently during his childhood, spending time in the U.S. and England in addition to South Africa, and he credits their travels with widening his frame of reference. Matthews, who took piano lessons as a child before picking up the guitar at age nine, moved to Charlottesville,...


Original artwork for US Airmail stamp honoring Filippo (Philip) Mazzei.
Sr. Margherita Marchione to visit Monticello for donation celebration CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—In July 1816, after learning of the death of Filippo Mazzei, his friend for more than four decades, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “An intimacy of 40 years had proved to me his great worth; and a friendship, which had begun in personal acquaintance, was maintained after separation, without abatement by a constant interchange of letters. His esteem too in this country was very general; his early and zealous cooperation in the establishment of our independence having acquired for him here a great degree of favor.”  The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has received a donation of the Mazzei Archive from Sister Margherita Marchione. The Mazzei Archive is the definitive working archive of Filippo (Philip) Mazzei...


Donald A. King, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees and David M. Rubenstein
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 20, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.–David Rubenstein’s gift will reveal more of Jefferson’s Monticello for visitorsMonticello today announced it will receive a $10 million gift from David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. The gift, one of Monticello’s largest, will help restore upper floors of the house and reconstruct Mulberry Row, the adjacent plantation community where slaves and workers lived, allowing visitors to experience Monticello much as Jefferson himself knew it. Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects the genius, ideals, ambitions, and realities of its creative and complex owner.  “Monticello is one of our nation’s most important historic and cultural institutions, a...


The newly refurnished North Octagonal Room
The Second Floor North Octagonal room has been restored FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 2, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Visitors on Monticello’s Behind-the-Scenes tour will now experience a newly furnished upstairs room as part of their tour starting this week. The north octagonal bedroom on the second floor is now being interpreted as “Aunt Marks’ Room,” the space occupied by Jefferson’s sister.  The room has been installed to help interpret family life at Monticello. Anne Scott Marks (October 1, 1755 - July 8, 1828), Thomas Jefferson’s youngest sister was called “Aunt Marks” by Jefferson’s children and grandchildren. She had no children of her own and was left impoverished after her husband’s death in 1811. She came to live at Monticello in 1811...


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