A groundbreaking new digital exhibit that relies on the words of Sally Hemings’s and Thomas Jefferson’s son, Madison, to explore her life and the legacy of freedom she achieved for her family. (Links to online companion page.)
Due to enhanced safety measures and precautions, access to some of the spaces in the South Wing is limited.
The South Wing connects the South Pavilion to the all-weather passage that runs under the main house and contained the post-1809 kitchen, cook’s room, smokehouse, living quarters for enslaved workers and the dairy. All South Wing Exhibits are included in the price of admission.
Learn about Martha Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s wife during the earliest years of Monticello. She passed away at the age of 33 after she and Jefferson had been married ten years.
The Getting Word Oral History Project documents the oral histories of descendants of people enslaved at Monticello. This exhibit tells the history of Monticello and American slavery through the stories of its survivors and their families.
Monticello’s later kitchen incorporated all the newest and best cooking technologies available at the time.
One of very few surviving slave quarters at Monticello, several enslaved people lived in The Cook’s Room. Enslaved chef Peter Hemings lived in this quarter for some time before another enslaved chef, Edith Fossett and her family, moved in.
The newly excavated and restored first kitchen of Monticello reveals more about the lives of Ursula Granger, Peter Hemings, James Hemings, and other enslaved cooks and chefs who helped create early American cuisine.
Learn about the processes for making cheese, cream, and butter two hundred years ago.
Jefferson ordered the relocation of Monticello’s Smokehouse from Mulberry Row in 1802. The new Smokehouse joined other food storage and preparation areas in the South Wing. Enslaved workers butchered and preserved meats through salting and smoking during winter, when the cold minimized spoilage.
Learn about: Martha Wayles Jefferson, Sally Hemings and her family, Ursula Granger, James Hemings, Peter Hemings, Edith Fossett, six enslaved families and their descendants.