Experience Monticello

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Visiting Jefferson’s estate engages the senses, stimulates the mind and provides a rewarding experience for all ages and interests.

Experience the Arts at Monticello

Monticello is proud to partner with the Charlottesville Art Excursion to offer new online and onsite opportunities to experience the arts at Monticello this fall.

Lights, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

October 2, 9, 16, & 23 - Experience Monticello illuminated at sunset this fall. Explore the mountaintop through dynamic color, light, and sound. Enjoy lights, live music, and family-friendly activities. Food as well as beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Oct 23

Apple and Cheese Tasting

Join us for the unique opportunity to taste and compare heirloom and conventional apples, sample cheese pairings and hard ciders, see Monticello’s Tufton Farm, and learn about the history of apples.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Thomas Jefferson

Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.

Slavery at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson enslaved over six hundred people throughout his life. Learn about the men, women, and children who built Jefferson's home, planted his crops, tended his gardens, and who helped run his household and raise his children.

Quoting Thomas Jefferson

Real or imagined? Find a Jefferson Quote Here

Thomas Jefferson is one of the most frequently quoted (and misquoted) figures in American history. Search this extensive collection of quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson—all fully verified and cited by the editors of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series.