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TOM Talks

Our series of Topics on Monticello continues in 2017 with more “behind-the-scenes” opportunities including a new offering at Monticello’s Tufton Farm! All events sold out last year; guarantee your place by purchasing tickets at the links below or calling Reservations at (434) 984-9800.

Experience a New Season of TOM Talks℠!

April 24
Garden Week Conversation with Julia Reed

Join us to hear author Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert, share her secrets on Southern entertaining. From spring garden lunches to Jefferson-themed dinner parties, Reed offers a feast of options for decorating and dining to set the mood for an unforgettable event. After the talk, Reed will sign copies of her latest book Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. Author of six books, Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and Elle Décor. She also writes a column for Southern Living and contributes to the Wall Street Journal. $65 per person, 6:30 pm, includes a private reception and book-signing.

June 21
The Virginia State Capitol: A New Public Architecture for Our Nation
Join us for a behind-the-scenes walking tour and private talk at the 1788 Virginia State Capitol. Mark Greenough, historian and tour supervisor at the State Capitol, will lead us through some of the oldest spaces of this stately building designed by Thomas Jefferson. $45 per person, 1:30 - 3:30 PM.

June 22 or 29 - Both Dates Are Sold Out
Jefferson’s Private Suite: The Latest Discoveries
Tour the new restoration and see the furnishings in Jefferson’s private rooms with Diane Ehrenpreis, Monticello’s associate curator. You'll see special features, including a folding screen in the bed alcove, a turning device for his clothes and green wallpaper in the Cabinet. $55 per person, 6 PM, includes a private reception. 

September 19 & 21 - (September 21 is sold out)
Jefferson’s Recipes – “In Good Taste and Abundance”
Join us for a tasting tour to learn about some of the recipes Jefferson served at Monticello. Noted food historian Dr. Leni Sorensen will talk about some of Jefferson’s favorite dishes, sharing details of recipes, cookware he purchased in France and little-known facts about some foods we now take for granted at our modern table. $55 per person, 6 PM, includes a private reception with tastings during the tour. 


October 12 or 19
The View from Tufton Farm
Come hear about Betty Hemings, matriarch of the enslaved community, as well as the white overseers and hired slaves who called Tufton Farm home. A Monticello historian will share stories about the people who lived at this lesser-known area of the Monticello plantation on a walking tour. $55 per person, 5:30 PM, includes a private reception. 



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