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Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • However, I do not think they like to dwell on this issue too much, as Jefferson is very revered in Virginia)
  • If you have children, however, who are going to be studying about this point in American history in school, I believe it is always a positive thing to let them see places like Monticello for themselves, so that they see Jefferson as a real, creative person, not just a name in a textbook

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      Monticello is the estate designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, third U. S. President, just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia in Albermarle County. It is run and maintained by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and has been excellently renovated throughout the years, looking just as if they expected Mr.

      Jefferson to walk in at any moment. It gives the illusion of being huge, but actually, from what I was told, is about the size of an average home during that time. (Didn’t look very “average” to me!) The home is situated on a mountain peak, so the view is very peaceful and lovely to look at.

      One of the most distinctive attributes is


      the outside dome. Inside there are three floors, a pavilion at the end of each wing of the house and a basement. There are clever features like a ceiling with a dial that goes to a weather vane and a clock with only an hour hand, dumbwaiters, plus furniture Jefferson designed, even invented, to make living more functional for him.

      There is a library containing a number of his favorite books and certain personal items are displayed in some areas of the house. Jefferson was truly a “Renaissance man” and Monticello is proof of this. Since Monticello was a plantation, there are slave cabins, somewhat sobering to see,


      • including one where Jefferson’s alleged slave mistress Sally Hemmings used to live.

        (No tour is is fun without a touch of scandal! However, I do not think they like to dwell on this issue too much, as Jefferson is very revered in Virginia. ) The flowers were in full bloom when I visited, so that added to the elegance. Adult tickets are $14, children age 6 to 11, $6, and under age 6, admission is free.

        They do have tours for children and families available. My opinion, however, is that kids younger than 9 might be bored with this, so you might want to think twice before bringing them along to sightsee

        here. If you have children, however, who are going to be studying about this point in American history in school, I believe it is always a positive thing to let them see places like Monticello for themselves, so that they see Jefferson as a real, creative person, not just a name in a textbook.

        You can also get souvenirs. Several events occur there during the year, such as people being sworn in as U. S.

        citizens, symbolic because of Jefferson’s role as a founding father and as a writer of the Declaration of Independence. If you enjoy history or just want to get a feel for the type of genius Jefferson was, Monticello should be on your “must visit” list.




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