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.
Monticello Guide Harriet Resio discusses Jefferson's livelong passion for horse and looks at the role horses played on the greater plantation.
Monticello archaeologists share their favorite finds from excavations at Site 6 where a small settlement of enslaved individuals lived.
Monticello Archaeologists discuss archaeological digs and recent findings at Site 6 where they have identified the location of at least three houses where enslaved field workers lived.
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.
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.
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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 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
Exciting news! Monticello recently received a grant from the Americana Foundation to preserve Jefferson’s Great Clock. Added April 27, 2020
Monticello's Curator of Plants, Peggy Cornett, on one of the plants listed in Jefferson's earliest garden notations. Added April 20, 2020.
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.
If you feel like jumping up and moving your body, get ready to act out three column types with our video.
Associate Curator Diane Ehrenpreis takes us through how she recreated this lost object from a small drawing in Jefferson’s hand.
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.
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.
From mini-documentaries to behind-the-scences videos, there's a lot more to see and learn about Thomas Jefferson and Monticello.