How Thomas Jefferson Organized His Books

Tabitha Corradi and Endrina Tay discuss our recent efforts to restore the book boxes at Monticello and represent Jefferson's collection in the same order as he would have had them.

Lightning Rods at Monticello

Monticello Guide Charles Morrill shares some of the historical sources that reveal how lightning rods were used at Monticello and how one may have saved the mansion from destruction.

Jefferson and Horses

Monticello Guide Harriet Resio discusses Jefferson's livelong passion for horse and looks at the role horses played on the greater plantation.

Monticello Voices

A look at Monticello’s history as a plantation and the enslaved people whose labor kept Jefferson’s 5,000-acre enterprise running. Aired on October 14, 2020.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Chess

Chess was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite games. He considered it among the “merriments of our family companions,” taught his grandchildren to play, and was known to engage in 'four hour games' with James Madison.

Native Americans and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Monticello’s Manager of Historic Interpretation, Brandon Dillard, highlights the peaceful aspects of the Expedition, the hostilities that foreshadowed the disease, warfare, and genocide that accompanied a century of westward expansion across the continent, and recognizes the strength and resilience of peoples and cultures who survived the tumult.

Thomas Jefferson's Air Pump

Thomas Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment, but what does that mean? Watch as Monticello Tour Guide Mikey Amos tells us about Jefferson's air pump; an example of his intellectual, philosophical, and scientific pursuits. Added July 27, 2020

Conserving Monticello's Great Clock

Exciting news! Monticello recently received a grant from the Americana Foundation to preserve Jefferson’s Great Clock. Added April 27, 2020

Virginia Bluebells in bloom!

Monticello's Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett, on one of the plants listed in Jefferson's earliest garden notations. Added April 20, 2020.

Shadwell, Birthplace of Thomas Jefferson

Have you ever wondered where our third president was born? Learn about his early life, as presented by Research Archaeologist Derek Wheeler. Added April 13, 2020.

Restoring Ariadne

With modern cleaning techniques at the ready, Monticello’s Curatorial department removed old layers of wax, cleaned the built-up dirt, and repaired Ariadne’s damaged hands, fingers, and toe.

Restoring Monticello's Compass Rose

Monticello’s Restoration Department works to restore the house's iconic compass rose, which has been showing the wind direction since Jefferson had it built and installed in 1807.

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