Wednesday Sep 23 2015
Special Event

Calling all young scholars: Home Educators' Day!

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$15 Adults
$6 Students (ages 5 & up)
Free Children 4 & under
Please call 434-984-9880 to reserve a house tour. Free

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Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Monticello (map)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Reservations: Not required

Note: Due to high demand, we recommend that you make an advance reservation via the phone at 434-984-9880. If you don’t yet have a reservation, please expect a long wait time for a house tour. It is also possible that we will sell out of house tours; in that case, tickets will be available at a reduced rate, allowing access to all other home educator day activities, and the gardens, grounds and visitor center.

Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center including the film Thomas Jefferson’s World, and innovative exhibitions on architecture, the Monticello plantation, and the creation of the United States, and the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room. Then, take a special guided tour of Monticello, the house where Jefferson enjoyed his retirement years with his large extended family.

Say “Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese!”

 Post your favorite photos on our Monticello Home Educators’ Day Flickr group. 


Visit Monticello's Mulberry Row to learn more about the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at Monticello, and roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, just as Jefferson’s grandchildren did 200 years ago. Stop by the interactive indoor and outdoor activity stations that will allow students to explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics, including a “From Bean to Beverage” American Heritage Chocolate Tasting and historic chocolate presentation.

Light meals and refreshments are available for purchase at the Monticello Café.  Enjoy the Shop at Monticello, which provides shopping opportunities for books and other learning materials related to the exploration of the worlds of Thomas Jefferson.

Home Educator special activities offered from 10:00 am–3:00 pm.  The grounds will be open from 8:30 am–6:00 pm.  Reservations are recommended though not required.



Is there a special price for the tour including the upstairs of the house for homeschooling day?


We home-school my 8 and 5 year old, and also have a 3 year old, and 15 month old. We plan to bring them all to the home-school day and am wondering if other families do the same and if you think the younger two will still find it interesting.


Thanks for your question. If you’re interested in visiting the upstairs of the house, please reserve a separate “Behind the Scenes Tour” ticket for your visit. Standard house tours include all rooms on Monticello’s main floor and last about 40 minutes. The Home Educators’ Day “special house tours” will be tailored with students in mind and incorporate more hands-on opportunities than the typical house tour. See you on the mountain!


Does the "special guided tour" include upstairs in the house? Thanks!


Thanks for your question. Online ticket sales will close the day before the event. Walk-up tickets will be available for purchase as long as house tour spots are available. To ensure a smooth day, we recommend purchasing your group's tickets in advance by phone or online. See you on the mountain!


Is it correct that tickets must be purchased in advance for this event? If so, when is the last date we can purchase them? Thanks so much!


Mary, thanks for your question. The Visitor's Center opens at 10AM on Home Educators' Day; that is in keeping with our winter hours. We look forward to welcoming students and their families then!


If we have a reservation for the tour at 10:25, can we get into the Visitor's Center at 9?

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