"Monticello: The House" Monticello Tip by Tom_Fields

Monticello, Charlottesville: 30 reviews and 69 photos

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Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant renaissance man, very gifted in many ways. Not only was he a great statesman, but also an inventor, horticulturalist, philosopher, and architect. He designed his estate at Monticello, which is Italian for "small hill".

Tour guides take you through the home, which is about 95 percent original. This is a museum, and should be treated with great respect. No photos are allowed inside. But they are allowed on the grounds and in the "Dependencies".

The Dependencies are facilities which provided logistical and administrative support. Here are the beer and wine cellars, storerooms, slave quarters, and now a small museum. They are connected directly to the house by an underground "all-weather passageway" (Jefferson thought of everything). This is just as interesting as the home itself.

Tickets are available online or at the site itself. Open every day except Christmas.

By the way, to those unfamiliar with American coins, the nickel has a likeness of Jefferson on the front and of Monticello on the back.

Directions: From I-64, take exit 121A south (Route 20). At the second light, go left on the Thomas Jefferson Parkway (Route 53). Follow the signs, go under the stone bridge and turn right. A bus will take you to the house.
Phone: (434) 984-9822
Website: http://www.monticello.org/index.html

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  • Written Sep 16, 2007
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