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TOM Talks

Our series of Topics on Monticello continues in 2016 with new insider opportunities! A portion of each ticket includes a gift to support Monticello. To purchase tickets, click on the links below or call Reservations at (434) 984-9800.

Experience a New Season of TOM Talks℠!

March 22 & April 6
The Plantation Household: Monticello Women at Work
In a plantation household of Monticello’s size, the work was all-consuming. Whether a family wedding in the parlor or a dinner for the Marquis de Lafayette, numerous people were involved in the planning, creation and successful completion of all entertainment. Join us on a walk through the kitchen, parlor and dining room as we share the intricacies of dining and entertaining at Monticello. $55 per person, 6-7:45 pm, with reception after site visit.

April 13
Insider’s Library of Congress Tour and Conversation about Jefferson and the “Choicest Collection of Books in the US"

Join us on April 13, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, for an insider’s tour of Jefferson’s reconstructed library at the Library of Congress and a special conversation, plus an exclusive private viewing of some of Jefferson’s personal book collection.
The tour will be led by Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Following the tour, Dimunation and Endrina Tay, librarian and historian at Monticello, will discuss Jefferson’s love of books and his sale of books to the Library of Congress in 1815. Dimunation and Tay will also provide guests with a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of this landmark exhibit. $35 per person, 2-3:30 pm.

April 25
Garden Week Conversation with Andrea Wulf
The New York Times best-selling author will speak about her latest book, The Invention of Nature, which reveals the extraordinary life of German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769– 1859), who corresponded with Jefferson for 21 years. Wulf also authored The Brother Gardeners, winner of the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award, and Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden. $65 per person, 6:30-8:30 pm, with reception. Informal tours of the gardens will be offered prior to the event.

September 22 or 29
Jefferson’s Stables

Romulus, Remus and Peggy Waffington were all horses owned by Jefferson, but what else do we know about Monticello’s stables and the man who used them? Join us to learn about Jefferson’s private and public stables, now a major research and restoration site for Monticello. Hear about the people who worked there, including William Maddox, one of the stonemasons, and trusted enslaved workers Jupiter Evans and Wormley Hughes, who cared for the horses.

This walking tour will include the Mulberry Row 1809 stables and the North Dependency. $55 per person, 6-7:45 pm, with reception afterwards.

October 6 or 11
Behind Closed Doors: Hidden Spaces at Monticello — SOLD OUT

Whether a guest room, a storage closet or an architectural feature, there are still closed doors at Monticello. Join us to explore some of the hidden spaces inside and out at Monticello. Highlights will include the North Pavilion and a private first-floor bedroom not usually seen. $55 per person, 6-7:45 pm, with reception afterwards.

TOM Talks Series Package
Purchase a subscription to the entire series for $190 (a charitable gift is included), a 17% savings from the individual event prices ($230).


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