Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop home in Charlottesville, Monticello, is an intimate look into one of the great Renaissance men of the 18th century. Plan to spend at least a half-day here to explore Jefferson’s experimental gardens, the house, the slave quarters and other outbuildings on the grounds.
Several tours are offered including a behind-the-scenes tour that allows visitors to access the second and third floors—standard house tours include the first floor only—to specific themed tours including Slavery at Monticello, the Hemings Family Tour, a Harvest Tasting Tour of the gardens and a private, three-hour guided tour customized to your interests.
The popular Day Pass includes the first floor house tour, the gardens and ground tour, the slavery tour and access to the visitor center, introductory film, shop and cafe.
Some of the most intriguing items in the house are Jefferson’s inventions, including a seven-day clock and a robo-signer with two pens that allowed him to make a copy of correspondence as he was writing it. The newly renovated slave quarters on Mulberry Row are a must-see to get a complete picture of life on the plantation.
Save on admission by purchasing a Monticello Neighborhood Pass, which includes admission to Michie Tavern and James Monroe’s home, Ash Lawn-Highland.