Onsite Programs

New Guided Tour: Revolutionary Women at Monticello

MARCH WEEKENDS - Hear stories from the American Revolution through the modern era about the women - both enslaved and free - who helped shape the history of early America, as well as the crucial role of women in the preservation of Monticello. Tickets now available.

Revolutionary Women: A Symposium

MARCH 22 - Join us for a symposium with prominent scholars sharing their research on the experiences of women who sought equality, freedom, and opportunities during the Age of Revolutions.

Lives and Legacies

Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson

Described as good natured, spritely, and a talented musician, the wife of Thomas Jefferson and mother of six of his children lived at Monticello from 1772 until her young death in 1782.

Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings (1773-1835) is one of the most famous—and least known—African American women in U.S. history. Learn more about this intriguing American.

Edith Hern Fossett and Her Family

PODCAST - Trained at the President's House in Washingtion, D.C., enslaved chef Edith Fossett cooked for Jefferson for over two decades and oversaw the creation of the food for which Monticello became famous. 


PODCAST - Monticello's Olivia Brown looks at the myths and realities of the life of this famous Native American woman who played an unlikely but critical role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The Lasting Legacy of Marie Kimball

BLOG - Read about Marie Kimball, a pioneering historic preservationist, Monticello's first curator, and the first woman invited to speak at the University of Virginia's Founder's Day. 

Shop Books: Women at Monticello

Jefferson's Daughters

Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women..

Martha Jefferson Randolph

These pages chronicle the account of a tearful child emerging from the grief of a young mother's death to seed a relationship that became the emotional sustenance of her father's republican aspirations, and who grew to be an indispensable helpmeet and the competent mistress of a plantation household in its waning days...