Monticello

Monticello, Charlottesville: Address, Phone Number, Monticello Reviews: 4.5/5

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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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Nina C
Wilmington, DE255 contributions
Worthwhile Historical Experience
Aug 2021
We took the Behind the Scenes tour as I had visited Monticello a number of years ago and it was the first visit for my husband. I knew the narrative would be different this time and I was relived to hear that is was. Our guide did a great job in sharing and explaining the many achievements and potentially overshadowing controversy surrounding this complicated man and didn't shy away from tough questions our small group continuously asked. As has been stated, this ticket is not inexpensive at $75.00/person but we felt it was worth it because of our guide's ability to genuinely share Jefferson's story, good and bad. We also enjoyed touring the gardens and the slaves quarters and unfortunately had to leave before our exploration was complete.
Written September 19, 2021
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Melinda O
Scott, AR20 contributions
The grounds were beautiful but …
Sep 2021
I really enjoyed the gardens and the rest of the property but the tour was way overpriced and not very interesting. I love tours that are intriguing so I want to go learn more, but this one didn’t do that. They also spent a lot of time apologizing for his ownership of slaves instead of talking about the things he excelled in. Being enslaved would be hard, but it didn’t look much different from where my mother grew up while working on a farm and not getting paid.
Written September 17, 2021
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WVTravelGirl
Newberry, FL148 contributions
Awesome
Aug 2021
I love this place. It was even more special than I thought it would be. The guide was informative and everything was so beautiful. Such deep history!
Written September 16, 2021
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IrishoneSC
SC24 contributions
Overpriced Tour
Sep 2021
Took the Behind The Scenes tour @ $75.00. Not worth the money. Too bad guides have to wear masks, they cannot be understood.
Written September 16, 2021
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Elizabeth K
4 contributions
Monticello
Sep 2021
We took the "highlights" tour and our tour guide Don was incredible. So informative! We definitely learned a lot about Thomas Jefferson. The grounds are beautiful.
Written September 8, 2021
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Mominct24
Stamford180 contributions
Important part of history and teens engaged
Sep 2021 • Family
Excellent COVID precautions and great tour staff. Based upon reviews here we got there first thing in the morning and I’m glad we did. It got crowded later on. Teens were engaged. I think they did a good job talking about Jefferson as a complicated man but at the end of the day he enslaved people. We only had time for part of the slavery tour but it was great. The guides really enjoy what they do. Displays were great. We’ll be back someday.
Written September 6, 2021
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louis9182009
Newport News, VA116 contributions
Soo much history
Sep 2021 • Family
Our first visit to Monticello and it was a great experience. The house and grounds really tell a story about that time in history. With the house and grounds being kept as original as possible it adds an element that really enhances the experience. The tour through the house is very educational and allows you to see a lot of what Jefferson was and what he did. A good experience for history buffs. We also visited the cemetery where he’s buried. There’s a shuttle that s included and will transport you to the house from the visitors center. We loved our visit!! 👍🏼
Written September 4, 2021
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hookheath
Forest City, NC54 contributions
Every American should visit at least once
Aug 2021
Such a remarkable place to learn about our history. Our guide and visit were amazing. Thomas Jefferson was so instrumental in our countries early history - both good and controversial - that you should visit. Its a tremendous day out
Written August 30, 2021
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Tulip76
Daytona Beach, FL159 contributions
Plan to spend at least a few hours
Aug 2021
Monticello is a big place! There are lots of gardens, both vegetable and flowers. There is a bus that will take you from the visitor center/ gift shop to the actual house. When the bus arrives someone greets you and provides information about the house tours. You have different options when you buy the ticket regarding guided tours for different areas such as the main floor of the house and gardens, self guided tours, and tours of the 2nd floor. You can purchase drinks and snacks at the gift shop near the guest stables. Plan on some informative presentations/ tours and lots of walking if you partake of all of the activities.
Written August 30, 2021
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Weary Travellery
Lexington, KY106 contributions
You owe it to yourself to do this
Aug 2021
Monticello is, simply, an amazing place. EVERY American needs to visit here at least once in their lifetime, to better appreciate who we are as a people.

Our visit was very enjoyable and was well-managed throughout. You have to remember, though, that Monticello is NOT a US National Park - it is a private institution, run by a private group, and they have to charge accordingly to pay for all the upkeep and infrastructure. This is not the place to go if you're looking for deals or cheap entertainment. That said, there are enough ways to economize that families should have no problem enjoying the Monticello experience.

We opted for the Behind the Scenes package and are glad we did. Not only are you inside (air conditioning!) but you get a full appreciation for Jefferson's amazing mind and the breadth of his interests. Slavery and Jefferson's owning of and affairs with African-Americans is discussed in a matter-of-fact manner that informs without trying to bend historical facts to modern mores. Very refreshing.

Allow plenty of time to walk the grounds and explore all of the flowers, trees and garden areas. A NOT to be missed activity is talking with the Jefferson re-enactor under a large tree - this man has Jefferson nailed, and stays true to character even when addressing modern issues. An amazing and inspiring performance. We also took a gardens tour that was very insightful.

There is a very nice gift shop with cold drinks under one of the wings of the house (gardeners will definitely want to visit) and the main welcome center has a well-stocked and reasonably-priced gift shop as well. We will be back.
Written August 29, 2021
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