Monticello

Historic Site
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9800
Monday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Thursday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Friday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday
8:30am - 6:00pm

Tips

  • Definitely check out the garden in April. The flowers are beautiful during the spring.
  • Monticello was founded in 1923 by the Jefferson Foundation. It has over 2,500 acres of Jeffersons original land which includes many historical plant varieties that Jefferson himself had collected as
  • One of the few places in the world I've been that exceeds any possible expectations.
  • President Franklin Roosevelt described Thomas Jefferson as "a great gentleman" in a speech at the Monticello on the 4th of July. Read the entire address paying homage to Jefferson's greatness here!
  • Construction on Thomas Jeffersons 43-room mansion began in 1770, shortly after he was first elected to public office. It did not end until 1809, the last year of his presidency. (From Aerial America)
  • Did you know? In addition to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson designed the University of Virginia, the Virginia State Capitol, and over a dozen homes; despite having no formal training as an architect.
  • Take the shuttle up before your appointed time to take some photos.
  • He had at least 17 "mixed" children. He was quite a (founding) father
  • IncredIbly expensive.
  • Why not celebrate July 4th right at one of the founding fathers' homes -- Jefferson's Monticello? While here, check out this diary entry from President Truman telling about his visit here in 1974!
  • Pick up some freedom in the gift shop.
  • Don't miss the two outdoor tours: the slavery tour of Mullberry row and the garden tour!
  • Pretty disappointing that visitors can't even see the grounds without a $24 ticket.
  • Starts every hour on the hour.
  • Ask the manager to tell you about the ghosts!
  • Go during the different seasons. It's worth the trip
  • Try the smoked salmon eggs Benedict. You get the best of both worlds!
  • One of my favorites places! Go on a tour, see the gardens, take a good look at the magnificent views, go visit the cemetery. Do whatever! There is a lot to see and do here! :)
  • Explore Jeffersons home and grounds of Monticello to see the only house in America listed on the United Nations prestigious World Heritage list.
  • Be sure to check out the Gallery before you go up to the house, it gives you a greater appreciation of the architecture. They also leave a lot of these comments out in the tour.

Nearby places

683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, VA 22902