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Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who began designing Monticello after inheriting land from his father at age 26. Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres, with Jefferson using the labor of enslaved Africans for extensive cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat in response to changing markets. Due to its architectural and historic significance, the property has been designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1987, Monticello and the nearby University of Virginia, also designed by Jefferson, were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A beautiful, surreal, ethereal place, even in the deepest heat of summer. My only regret was that I didn't have more time to spend there. Attractions for literature enthusiasts, botanical sorts, the historically interested, Jane Austen inspired romantics, conspiracy theorists, and the kids these people drag along to these places. Gorgeous paths, gardens, architecture and views. Can't recommend it enough.
A must see if you are in the area.
Beautiful place to visit. Make sure to get a ticket before going. We had to wait two hours before our house tour. The grounds, fortunately, are beautiful. Wish we could have spent more time.
Several historical tours of presidential houses in VA - there are a couple more within a few miles - one (Ashlawn Highland) is only 2 miles away - could make a several day trip like this. Also a neat place for lunch is Michie Tavern on the hillside right next to Monticello - has a nice gift shop with a grist mill, log cabins, hiking trails, etc... and if in the right season there is a nice apple orchard on top of the mountain within 2 miles (Carter's). Don't forget the Blue Ridge Parkway (free going south) and Shenandoah National Park (fee required going north) is only 22 miles away.
An absolute must see. I spent the extra money for the "Behind the Scenes House Tour" and it was fantastic. I recommend purchasing this tour in advance. The guide was informative and friendly. I wish my family and I could have spent more time walking the grounds.
The inside tour is very nice but I particularly liked the self-guided tour of the grounds/gardens I took afterwards. A gorgeous place filled with history.
We got a really great tour of Thomas Jefferson's home during our summer visit. Thomas Jefferson drafted the plans for his home and drew inspiration from the Romans and his visit to Paris. He was a pretty brilliant guy.
There was a slavery tour as well as a house tour. Since it was a busy day, our house tour had a two hour wait, but meanwhile there is plenty to do. We joined a slavery tour and walked the grounds. The house tour is about an hour and our guide was great.
Hands down, just amazing. The guided tour is filled with information I didn't know, and the grounds are just beautiful. Much more than I expected! Worth the time and money. Will return again!
We went for the Heritage Harvest Festival, and purchased the home tour too. It was a good choice for us. My eight year old loved every minute of it. The tour guide of the house was great, and the festival had plenty of activities for children.
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