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Hemings Family Tour

Per Person $31  $28
Online Discount*
Daily, February through November
1:30 pm

The Hemings family remains one of the best documented enslaved families in the United States. Decades of documentary research, archaeological analysis and oral histories of Hemings descendants provide related narratives of struggle, survival, and family bonds across generations.  Their story echoes the history of race and slavery in America.

This 1-hour, 45-minute, small-group interactive tour explores Monticello using the stories of several members of the Hemings Family. Through their experiences, you will learn about the challenges they faced as they negotiated to maintain family ties and strove for freedom. The tour will also highlight how the Hemingses straddled the color line, defying the stark racial dividing lines imposed in American slavery. Guests on tour are encouraged to share their own experiences and perspectives along the way.  The tour includes dialogue about race and the legacies of slavery in the United States in a seated small group setting as well as exploration of the site through the lens of the Hemings family; this includes a fair amount of walking over uneven terrain.

Not recommended for children under 12.

Included in the Hemings Family Tour:

State of the Art Visitor Center

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Scheduling a Hemings Family Tour

To make your reservation online, please click on the tickets icon above.

Please plan to arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before the time of your reservation. Please note that your ticket includes a House Tour, which will be part of your two-hour experience.

*Online discount is not available over the phone or on site in our ticket office. 

Guidelines for the Hemings Family Tour »

Tour At A Glance:
Not handicap-accessible. Tour involves climbing steep staircases.
Not recommended for children under 12.
Indoor & Outdoor
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mike huffman's picture
I really enjoyed the Hemings family tour. Our tour guide, Ed, was so knowledgeable and personable. I hope that this particular aspect of Monticello is a success. This was my third trip to Monticello, and the first in 27 years. I was more in awe than ever of the people and the place. The woods around the home are beautiful, peaceful, and inviting.
mike huffman
ErickArchila's picture
Hemings family tour is a must see tour.
Erick Archila Dehesa


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