On-Site Offerings

From Slavery to Freedom Tour

Fridays - Sundays at 10:35 a.m.

This 2.5 hour, guided, small-group, interactive tour explores Monticello through the perspectives of enslaved people who labored on the plantation.

Walking Tour of Monticello's Vanished Plantation

February 17 and 18

Join Monticello archaeologists on a walking tour to hidden parts of the plantation and learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello.

Slavery at Monticello Guided Tour

Daily; Multiple Times

These guided outdoor walking tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Provides guests the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their connection to Monticello’s history. Included with all tour tickets.


Stories from Monticello's Enslaved and Descendant Communities

The 1827 Dispersal Sale

Andrew Davenport, Public Historian at Monticello and Manager of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, discusses what happened to many of the enslaved individuals after the dispersal sale of 1827. 

James Hemings

Follow the eventful life of James Hemings, a Paris-trained Chef de Cuisine enslaved by Thomas Jefferson and credited for popularizing macaroni and cheese in America.

Music and Monticello's Enslaved Community

Music was an important part of life for enslaved people at plantations across the U.S. Monticello guide and musicologist Kyle Chattleton looks at the ways enslaved people here and across the nation used music and at the foundational role they played in creating a distinctly American musical tradition.

William Monroe Trotter Battles 'Birth of a Nation'

Trailblazer. Newspaper publisher. Civil rights titan. Meet William Monroe Trotter, one of the most influential descendants of Monticello’s enslaved community—and someone who too many people have never heard of,

Peter Hemings, an Enslaved Master Brewer

Beer was a part of most meals at Monticello, possibly served in small silver vessels known today as "Jefferson Cups." But where did the beer come from? What was it like? And who made it?

John and Priscilla Hemmings

Monticello guide Kyle Chattleton looks at the close relationship of Monticello's enslaved joiner John Hemmings and his wife, Priscilla, an enslaved domestic servant owned by Jefferson's son-in-law.

The Grangers of Monticello

George and Ursula Granger moved to Monticello in 1773, as the enslaved workers of Thomas Jefferson. The Grangers of Monticello would go on to include community leaders, skilled tradesmen, cooks, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, farmers, and cider-makers as well as caring spouses, parents, children, and siblings.

Slavery at Monticello App

Explore stories of life on the plantation and take a deeper look into the daily experiences of those who lived and labored at Monticello.

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Black History Month Reading

Featured Publications

Explore Monticello's wide selection of publications that bring history forward through the stories of the plantation community and their descendants. 

Exploring Freedom & The Legacies of Slavery

Explore the stories of remarkable families and individuals — free and enslaved — from over seven generations, through Monticello's tours, the Getting Word Project, exhibitions, digital resources and special events.