Help celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month!

Join us as Monticello’s Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays, exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, engaging activities for all ages, and walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Displays and exhibits are found in the Visitors' Center courtyard outside of the Farm Table café.

Archaeologist leading walking tour on the fourth roundabout

This year's complimentary Walking Tours will visit Site 30, an archaeological dig that is revealing important information about enslaved agricultural laborers at Monticello as well as the precolonial activities of Indigenous communities on this landscape.

  • Tours leave from the Bronze Plantation Model in the Visitors Center at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Walk is approximately 1 mile round trip. 
  • Tours follow a historic road that is fairly flat, with uneven terrain in some areas. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are recommended.
  • In the event of rain, discussions with archaeologists will be held at the plantation model outside of the Monticello Farm Table café at the visitor center. 

This event is free with any ticket purchase. Visit our Tickets and Tours page for more information.

This event is weather-dependent. If severe weather is forecasted, a cancellation notification will post on this webpage by 5 pm on October 5.