Some tell stories of Thomas Jefferson’s encyclopedic interests and achievements. Others of a house bustling with visitors and family members. Objects reveal the stories of enslaved people who lived and worked at Monticello. Taken together, they paint a picture of a young nation exploring new liberties and wrestling with old injustices as it expanded its boundaries, both geographical and philosophical.
There are more than 5,000 items in Monticello’s collection, many of which are on display. Here are just a few of the things waiting to be discovered at Jefferson’s Monticello. We hope you’ll visit us soon to see these objects — and more — for yourself.