Reflections on Monticello

Monticello’s latest book, Thomas Jefferson at Monticello: Architecture, Landscape, Collections, Books, Food, Wine, offers a fresh, modern perspective on Jefferson’s contributions to the arts.

The Latest Word

For nearly three decades, the Getting Word African American Oral History Project has recorded the stories of descendants of Monticello’s enslaved families. Earlier this year, Andrew Davenport became the project’s newest leader as public historian and manager of Getting Word.

What's Past is Prologue

At Monticello, we are listening. Bringing history forward — critiquing, analyzing, reexamining — is central to our mission.

Plugging into History

A constantly expanding library of online content brings Monticello alive for people around the world.

New Member of the Monticello Board

Suzi LeVine has been appointed as the newest member of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Board of Trustees, to which she brings a wealth of expertise from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Monticello Bookshelf

Several new books with ties to Monticello all share a common thread - an eploration of how the legacies of slavery and racism continue to loom large in today's world.

High on the Hog

Take a break from the books and check out High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, a new series from Netflix.

Be My Guide

Introduced this past summer, the new Highlights Tour provides an opportunity for guides to show more of Monticello than ever before.

From the Jefferson Library’s Collections

Monticello’s Jefferson Library is a gateway to information on Thomas Jefferson’s life, times, and legacy. Here are a few Jefferson-inspired advertisements and products selected from the lighter side of the library’s collections.

A Fresh Take on Jefferson and UVA

In The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University, Andrew O’Shaughnessy offers a twin biography of Jefferson in retirement and of the University of Virginia in its earliest years.

Mountaintop Mysteries

Since the creation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923, curatorial sleuths have pieced together clues to track down many original objects from Monticello but the location of some objects remains a mystery to this day.

Puzzling through Artifacts

Artifacts are tangible pieces of Monticello’s past, and the information they provide tells a more complete story about everyone who lived and worked at Monticello.

The Power of History

At Monticello, we recognize that knowing more about our history provides a solid foundation for citizen engagement.

Chilling at Monticello

The house was a quieter place in the winter months, with fewer visitors braving the elements to make their way up the mountaintop.

Be Inspired

Visit Monticello and be inspired by the skill and resilience of the enslaved people who lived and labored here.