A colleague of mine and I made time during a recent business trip to visit Monticello. With our journey taking us through Charlottesville, it was too tempting not to take the opportunity to see the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. I have visited several historic homes and sites over the years. I would have to say this was the most diligently maintained historic site I've ever seen. It was an incredible learning experience and a true glimpse 'back in time' of what life was like for the Jefferson family, their friends and their servants and slaves as well. There is a wonderful visitor's center with a museum, cafe, theatre & gift shop. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the home and grounds. I was pleasantly surprised at the ticket prices for the guided tours. Much less than what I expected to pay. After the formal house tour, guests are encouraged to explore the grounds which include sites of the slaves homes, workshops, gardens and other areas of interest. It's incredible the amount of history still to be learned from Monticello. Archeological excavations were actually underway on the grounds while we were there. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and there is a lovely nature trail. You can also walk down a path behind the home to visit Mr. Jefferson's gravesite.
When you visit Monticello, be sure to allow plenty of time for your stay. There is so much to see, so much to learn, you definitely do not want to be rushed.
Very well worth your time to visit Monticello.
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