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Elizabeth Hemings's second daughter Betty Brown (1759-after 1831) was the first of her family to come to Monticello, as personal servant to Jefferson's wife Martha. After almost sixty years of work in the main house, she was one of the last of the Hemingses to live on the Monticello mountaintop...
The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, entered the public arena during Jefferson's first term as president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for two centuries. Based on documentary, scientific, statistical, and oral...
Learn more about some of the people who lived and worked at Monticello. Enslaved People Free Workmen Overseers Hemings Family Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
Thomas Jefferson was a firm believer that "useful knowledge" could make life more efficient and convenient, and he used Monticello as a laboratory for that theory. Monticello as Experiment: 'To Try All Things' presents the Monticello house and plantation as the testing ground for Jefferson's ideas...
The Site of the Vegetable Garden The 1,000-foot long garden terrace served as both a source of food and an experimental laboratory. Jefferson: The Scientist & Gardener Jefferson grew 330 varieties of more than 70 different species of vegetables, precisely recording the details of their growth...
Google Map of Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies Fellows
The ICJS fellowship program for domestic and international scholars promotes research of Jefferson’s life and times and the community at Monticello. Since its founding, the ICJS has hosted over 400 domestic and international scholars from the U.S. and 25 countries around the world, including...
These guided outdoor tours focus on the experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored on the Monticello plantation. Included in the price of admission. Making Reservations Reservations for this tour are not required. Tours begin on Mulberry Row near the Hemmings Cabin. Times January 1,...

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