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.

Outdoor Stations

There are three outdoor stations where you can meet Thomas Jefferson, or ask staff questions about the gardens, slavery, and other topics!

  • Slavery at Monticello (Kitchen Yard Tent)
    • Weekdays: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: on the hour and half-hour from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Duration: 20 minutes

  • Gardens of Monticello (Upper Grove Tent)
    • Daily, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
    • Duration: 20 minutes

  •  Archaeology Talks (Upper Grove Tent)
    • Fridays and Saturdays in October, 1:00 p.m.

  • Family Station (East Lawn)
    • Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting), 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

  • Meet Thomas Jefferson (Upper Grove Tent)
    • Most Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
    • Duration: approximately 30 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.

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