There are hundreds of acres to explore at Monticello. You can walk along Mulberry Row and learn about the enslaved people who lived and labored on the plantation. You can also explore the flower and vegetable gardens and take a scenic hike on the Saunders-Monticello Trail, which begins at the bottom of Route 53 and extends all the way up to Jefferson’s home.
There are four outdoor stations where you can meet Thomas Jefferson, learn slavery or the gardens at Monticello.
- Family Station (East Lawn)
Through Mystery Objects, kids and their families will learn about daily life at Monticello.
- Daily, March 27 – April 11, and weekends in April 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Slavery at Monticello (Kitchen Yard)
Presentation and Q&A about Slavery at Monticello.
- Weekdays on the hour from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- March 27- April 11 and Weekends, on the hour and half hour from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Duration: 20 minutes
- Gardens of Monticello (West Lawn)
Presentation and Q&A about the Gardens at Monticello.
- Daily on the half-hour from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Duration: 20 minutes
At these outdoor stations, guests can gather comfortably in physically distanced seating areas to engage with Monticello’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. The format is a brief presentation followed by Q&A and is a great opportunity for guests to deepen their connection to Monticello’s history. The outdoor stations are included in the ticket price.
Don't forget to Meet Thomas Jefferson! most Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m at the Milstein Theater in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.
Interpretive Signs and QR Codes
While some tours are unavailable and some slavery-related spaces are not open the public as a result of COVID-19, interpretive signs help guests understand the outdoor areas. Each sign is full of information about the plantation, its architecture, its operation, and its free and enslaved inhabitants. Many of our signs have QR codes that allow guests unlock further in-depth information, images, graphics, and videos using their smartphones.
Outdoor interpretive sign for the Hemmings Cabin with a QR code in the upper right corner
What safety measures will be in place at these stations?
- To facilitate physical distancing, guests will be seated with their traveling party at benches placed six feet apart
- Guests will be asked to wear face coverings while at the stations
- Staff will disinfect benches between presentations
- There will be no hands-on components to these stations