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Private Events at Monticello

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.

There is no better way to learn about Jefferson and his world than to experience an event at Monticello. Whether hosting your dream wedding or a thought-provoking corporate retreat, there is no place more distinctive and inspiring. Combining the power of place with the power of ideas, here you can entertain your guests against the backdrop of the only presidential home in America designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our third President’s historic grounds offer a variety of inspired settings. 

    Unsurpassed in elegance and style, our various venues and dedicated event planners will fulfill your vision for your dream wedding.

    Whether hosting a rare event or a corporate retreat, there is no place more inspiring than the various venues of Monticello.

    As Jefferson's autobiographical statement, Monticello encapsulates its visionary and complex owner.


    Treat your guests by tailoring an intimate tour of Monticello for the ultimate insider's experience.

To discuss your plans for hosting an unforgettable event at Monticello, contact 434.984.9821 or email


clihou's picture
Nikka, Nobody has answered you in over a year. A pity... I hope you read this. Here are Jefferson's own words: "I can say with conscious truth that there is not a man on earth who would sacrifice more than I would, to relieve us of this heavy reproach [of slavery] .... There is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity." -- When he died, unlike many leaders before and since, he was completely bankrupt. Holding high public office in those days, for men like him, was expensive, not like today, when it is very profitable. Financially, he was unable to achieve all that he did, and to maintain his plantation, without his slaves, whom he treated quite well. He regretted the necessity, and would have preferred otherwise, but could not. -- Monticello is a World Heritage Site because of Jefferson's philosophies and achievements in human dignity and liberty, both physical and spiritual. Today in this world, we need a few more men like him. Hope this answers your question.
Chris Lihou
npiterman's picture
Can anyone tell me why his home was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site? And why is the Monticello on the back of nickels? It seems quite ironic that on one side of them it says "liberty" while on the other side they have image Jefferson's plantation...


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