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Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.


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Doing tours is only an occasional, wee part of my job. However, exploring Monticello with visitors is one of my favorite parts of my work. I'm a goofball by nature, so I don't always play it straight while doing house tours.

In the entrance hall at Monticello, there is a Thomas Sully...MORE »

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Kristie Smeltzer

“my god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy.”  Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Monroe, June 17, 1785 

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I recently visited Virginia Tech for the Virginia Association of Museums Fundamentals Forum (sorry, Hoos).  I had heard about this tradition or right-of-passage before, but while at...MORE »

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As the winter cold settles in, we have opened this year, in part of our Mountaintop Shop, a comfort station with...MORE »

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