Experience Monticello

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Step into the fascinating and complex world of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop home and plantation.

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.

Thomas Jefferson
". . . the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave." -1820

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The House and Gardens

Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson—designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years. Its gardens were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.

Thomas Jefferson
"All my wishes end, where I hope my days will end, at Monticello." -1787

Slavery at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson enslaved over six hundred people throughout his life. Learn about the men, women, and children who lived and labored on this plantation.

Thomas Jefferson
"... but this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror." -1820

A Solid Foundation

Research and Education

Research and education is the beating heart of our work at Monticello. Learn more about our vibrant community of historians, scholars, archaeologists, educators, restoration and conservation teams, curators, librarians, and more.

Thomas Jefferson
"I cannot live without books" -1815

A Rich Gallery of Content

Livestreams, Videos, and Podcasts

Check out our regularly updated collection looking at all aspects of the worlds of Thomas Jefferson, the larger Monticello community, and the work of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

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.