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Children's Program, Special Event

Home Educators' Day!

David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Monticello
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Home Educators' Day is an annual event that welcomes the homeschool community and offers special tours and activities throughout Monticello’s Visitor Center and historic grounds.  

Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello (*Last house tour of the day begins at 3:10pm), roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more.

Walk along Mulberry Row and download the app Slavery at Monticello: Life and Work on Mulberry Row while visiting recreated buildings and hearing the unforgettable stories of the people who lived and worked on Monticello’s “main street."  Explore the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center including the film Thomas Jefferson’s World,  the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room, and innovative exhibitions on architecture, the Monticello plantation and the creation of the United States. 

Light meals and refreshments are available for purchase at the Cafe at Monticello, and The Shop at Monticello provides shopping opportunities for books and other learning materials related to the exploration of the worlds of Thomas Jefferson.

Event At A Glance:
All day
Indoor & Outdoor

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swamped31's picture
Let me share a huge frustration--my children love history, but are prohibited from visiting many great places around this area b/c of cost. It is shameful for places like Monticello, Poplar Forest, etc. to exclude lower income families. Is there not some way you can offer something more cost acceptable?
TJMonticello's picture
Thank you for your comment, and we’re delighted to announce that we will have a Monticello Holiday Open House ( on Sunday, November 29 with free admission to Monticello the entire day thanks to generous sponsorship from Suntrust.
Ima2Dori's picture
Way to go, Monticello......way to alienate an entire group of homeschoolers by scheduling your ONE 2015 homeschool day on Yom Kippur, the holiest, most important day of the Jewish year. As much as I want to teach my daughter about what a wonderful person Thomas Jefferson was, I can't even wrap my head around your decision to choose this day for this event. This will end any thought of EVER bringing my daughter to Monticello......truly, truly disappointed in your decision.
Ima2Dori's picture
Oh, and I just looked at the name on your visitors' center.....David RUBENSTEIN?? I'm going to go out on a limb and say he is (or was) probably Jewish, too. I wonder what he would think of this??
TJMonticello's picture
Thank you for commenting, and we understand your frustration and disappointment. Scheduling Home Educators’ Day on Yom Kippur was certainly not our intent and was a mistake we should not have made. Home Educators’ Day has been on the fourth Wednesday in September for several years which is how we scheduled it for this year. That said, we should have looked closely at the calendar and seen the conflict. It was an oversight, and we offer our deepest apologies. We have immediately looked at future years to avoid a similar mistake again. We hope that you and your daughter will have the opportunity to visit at another time. Please feel free to contact us directly through if you would like to hear about other opportunities for this year or next.
lauriejm's picture
We are scheduled for a tour at 12:10 and 12:15. Are are we able to come earlier and participate in the activities and see the grounds before our reservation time?
Jacqueline's picture
Hi Laurie, and yes - absolutely! Your ticket gets you access to Monticello the entire day, and we're open to the public 8:30AM - 6PM. Come as soon as our doors open to enjoy the museum galleries, intro film, and grounds. Special activity stations will be open and active from 10AM - 3PM, and you're welcome to stay until 6PM if you'd like. Thanks for your question and we'll see you soon!
Jacqueline Langholtz's picture
I'm new to this - is the time on the ticket the tour time? If we do not buy tickets in advance for Home Educators Day will we be able to schedule a tour when we arrive on Wednesday?
Jacqueline's picture
Shannon, thanks for your question. You're correct that the timed ticket is the time your guided House Tour begins; we usually recommend arriving at least thirty minutes before your scheduled House Tour time so as not to miss it. Admission gets you all day access to the museum galleries, grounds, additional outdoor tours, and special drop-in activity stations, but that House Tour time is specific. As long as we have not yet sold out for the day, we will be selling walk-up tickets on Wednesday. I hope you can join us!
Jacqueline Langholtz
BHeart's picture
Is the “From Bean to Beverage” American Heritage Chocolate Tasting and historic chocolate presentation at the Monticello Museum Shop included in the cost of this tour? Thank you, Traci C.
Jacqueline's picture
Hello Traci, and thanks for your question. YES - The American Heritage Chocolate Tasting presentation and demonstration is included in the day's ticket cost and will actually be one of the drop-in activity stations, open 10AM - 3PM. We hope you'll come by for a taste or two!
Jacqueline Langholtz
Jacqueline's picture
Less than two weeks until our Home Educators' Day! This year's event will feature costumed interpreters along Mulberry Row demonstrating crafts such as basket weaving and period cooking, as well as storytelling and traditional sing-alongs. Lots for students of all ages. We hope you can join us!
Jacqueline Langholtz
vickiwic's picture
Is there an additional price to tour the house? Or is that included in the home days price?
Jacqueline's picture
Hello Vicki - Thanks for your question. The price of the ticket DOES include the scheduled house tour, as well as access to all the special home educator activity stations (10AM - 3PM) and outdoor tours of the gardens and Mulberry Row throughout the day. It looks like we'll have great weather for the event - I hope you can make it!
Jacqueline Langholtz
Joharowa's picture
Is there a special price for the tour including the upstairs of the house for homeschooling day?
mommy2Mx4's picture
We home-school my 8 and 5 year old, and also have a 3 year old, and 15 month old. We plan to bring them all to the home-school day and am wondering if other families do the same and if you think the younger two will still find it interesting.
mommy2Mx4 (not verified)
JRuscella's picture
Does the "special guided tour" include upstairs in the house? Thanks!
HomeschoolFamily's picture
Is it correct that tickets must be purchased in advance for this event? If so, when is the last date we can purchase them? Thanks so much!
Homeschool Family
Jacqueline's picture
Mary, thanks for your question. The Visitor's Center opens at 10AM on Home Educators' Day; that is in keeping with our winter hours. We look forward to welcoming students and their families then!
Jacqueline Langholtz
MaryGknits's picture
If we have a reservation for the tour at 10:25, can we get into the Visitor's Center at 9?


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