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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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Derek Baxter


Monticello is one of the most beautiful and recognizable houses in America. It’s elegant and harmonious, and it was revolutionary for American architecture at the time. If you ever need a quick reminder of its features, just fish a nickel out of your pocket.


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Monticello
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Food and drink, Videos
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Monticello

Monticello's former Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, Bob Self,...MORE »

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Monticello

Jefferson described the Polygraph as "the finest invention  of the present age." Monticello guide Charles Morrill, who's been...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, Videos
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Monticello

Fear of separation from loved ones was one of the great underlying terrors of slavery. Today we hear the story of a fight that broke out between two...MORE »

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Chad

A former guide at Monticello gives his view of the Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Thomas Jefferson, taken from a sitting in Washington, DC, in 1805.

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Thomas Jefferson, Videos
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Monticello

Nance (Nancy) Hemings was an enslaved woman whom Jefferson inherited, gave as a wedding gift and later bought back to help run a weaving...MORE »

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Plantation and Slavery, Videos
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Monticello

Several visitors to Monticello remarked on Thomas Jefferson's...MORE »

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The Entablature on the mantel above the fireplace in Jefferson's bed Chamber matches the room's entablature except for one unusual (and non-canonical)...MORE »

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Monticello

Apples of many varieties were cultivated in Jefferson’s Virginia. The fruit was used to make pies, preserves, and other foodstuffs, of...MORE »

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