Wednesday Sep 24 2014
Special Event

Calling all young scholars: Home Educators' Day!

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Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Monticello (map)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Reservations: Not required

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.



Hi Laurie, and yes - absolutely! Your ticket gets you access to Monticello the entire day, and we're open to the public 8:30AM - 6PM. Come as soon as our doors open to enjoy the museum galleries, intro film, and grounds. Special activity stations will be open and active from 10AM - 3PM, and you're welcome to stay until 6PM if you'd like. Thanks for your question and we'll see you soon!


We are scheduled for a tour at 12:10 and 12:15. Are are we able to come earlier and participate in the activities and see the grounds before our reservation time?


Hello Traci, and thanks for your question. YES - The American Heritage Chocolate Tasting presentation and demonstration is included in the day's ticket cost and will actually be one of the drop-in activity stations, open 10AM - 3PM. We hope you'll come by for a taste or two!


Is the “From Bean to Beverage” American Heritage Chocolate Tasting and historic chocolate presentation at the Monticello Museum Shop included in the cost of this tour? Thank you, Traci C.


Hello Vicki - Thanks for your question. The price of the ticket DOES include the scheduled house tour, as well as access to all the special home educator activity stations (10AM - 3PM) and outdoor tours of the gardens and Mulberry Row throughout the day. It looks like we'll have great weather for the event - I hope you can make it!


Is there an additional price to tour the house? Or is that included in the home days price?


Less than two weeks until our Home Educators' Day! This year's event will feature costumed interpreters along Mulberry Row demonstrating crafts such as basket weaving and period cooking, as well as storytelling and traditional sing-alongs. Lots for students of all ages. We hope you can join us!


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!

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