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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went during the summer and it was beautiful. The tour guides are well versed and take a pace neither too quick nor too slow. The visitor center is spacious and blends in well with the environment. I will want to go again during prime leaf peeping times in the Autumn. If you are in the area it is a must see for those even remotely interested in history. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

What a beautiful place with oh so much history. We took the house tour, garden tour, and the slave quarters tour. Pretty easy to do them back to back. Lots of walking but well worth it. He was a very interesting person with many varied interests and self taught on many. Very nice visitors center. Can get very crowded in the middle of the day so plan for early morn. Consider buying the Presidens Pass if you are going to some other attractions in the area. You can save a couple of bucks. Pleasant walk back to the visitors by way of the cemetary but be prepared for a gentle slope downward if you do it. About 10-15 minute casual walk but very pretty.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

If one is in the area, this is just one of those American heritage sites that must be seen. The shuttle makes it easy on those who have trouble walking. Really, almost a whole day could be spent taking the various types of tours available, beyond just the house tour. We did take the garden tour one time and enjoyed it immensely. Even after several visits here, we always learn something new from the well-trained guides. We did not have time to visit the new educational areas, so we will have to go back again!

Thank dikline
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Monticello has a new (2009) visitor center complex, complete with films, museum exhibits, cafe and a large gift shop. You can easily spend an hour or two here before taking the shuttle up to the house. One up on the mountain, there is a 30-40 minute guided tour of the home's first floor, and then guests may tour the lower level and grounds on their own. Two additional tours, of the gardens and a tour that examines slave life at Monticello, may be taken at several additional times during the day.

In addition, there is a new tour that you can take to view the second floor including the dome room. But that does sell out in advance, so if you are interested, pre-book online.

All in all, the grounds are beautiful and the house looks fantastic. If you are a fan of Jefferson or colonial history, you'll have a great day.

Thank John H
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Thomas Jefferson is a very spectacular person. The house represents his idea as a scientist (although he is not educated as a scientist). Also, the tour guide gave me a lot of new perspective of how the life of the president. This place is a very-very good place to learn about American history.

Thank wiedstone
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