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“Amazing glimpse into history!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens, Cultural
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Owner description: Monticello and its many historical rooms, gadgets, furniture, buildings, and artifacts tell us a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the president who built it and lived there.
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Petal, Mississippi
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“Amazing glimpse into history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

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.

Visited November 2012
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Plan to spend the day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We arrived at Monticello at 9am and spent the entire day immersed in the world of Thomas Jefferson. I would suggest making reservations ahead of time on line for the two house tours that are available. The second floor tour is limited to 15 people and tends to fill up quickly. The garden tour and the slavery tour are both outside and do not require reservations. The guides on all the tours were excellent...well informed and entertaining. The grounds are beautiful and a pleasure to stroll around on a beautiful day. The new visitor center has an excellent gift shop as well as an introductory movie and a nice cafe serving food made with local ingredients. Check the weather report before going since so much of the Monticello experience is outside you really don't want to be there if it's raining.

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Block Island, Rhode Island
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“True piece of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Jefferson was 1 smart man. all of this is exemplified through out his home and gardens. amazing how advanced he was with his tools , ice box, gardens and his writing machine. absolutely amazing place to visit if you haven't already

Visited August 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This was definitely the highlight of our trip. The tour was excellent and very well done. The grounds and exhibitions were top notch. The movie was interesting and informative. All employees were super courteous and helpful. We purchased the Presidents' Pass which combined Monticello, President Monroe's Highland and the Michie Tavern Tour. We were very glad we did as we enjoyed the other two properties, too. Would love to return in the spring to see the gardens in bloom.

Visited October 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Worth spending several hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Mabe because Monticello is a place on my bucket list, we really enjoyed our visit. There are multiple tours to take, depending on your interests and time. The Behind the Scenes tour was the only thing definitely NOT worth the time and money--we hardly got to see anything additional and the tour guide wanted to talk almost solely about his involvement with Monticello.
As a bonus, the cafe offers a very good variety of interesting, healthy food.

Visited October 2012
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