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“What a brilliant, remarkable man!”

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.
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Montgomery AL
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a brilliant, remarkable man!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best historical sites in America.
Jefferson was, without question, one of the most brilliant minds in history. His obvious hunger for knowledge and desire to share was incredible.
The home is wonderful, the tours and guides are wonderful-take as many as you can-and the grounds and scenery are beautiful. Spend the day!

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A must-see!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

a must for anyone visiting the region - the gardens are amazing - especially being able to see the vegetable TJ planted that are still thriving today. Very nice gift shop too.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Trip Back In Time”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

see this place was amazing. You learn a lot about one of our former presidents and the way of life back then. It was very interesting to my wife and I how Thomas Jefferson would write about slavery yet continue to use slaves. They have done a really good job preserving this place. The architecture was really marvelous. This should be a must see on your list. Get there early it can get crowded and wear comfortable shoes.

Visited June 2013
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Beverly hills, fl
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“A rewarding review of a remarkable man”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Having visited several Presidential sites this was on the to do list and I am glad I did. The tour guide gave the tour remarkable insight into our 3rd President. The man was really brilliant with his design for the house and the many inventions that he created within to make life easier for him and his servants. The gardens were just beautiful with the many seasonal flowers in bloom at the time. I would highly recommend the garden tour about 1 hour that is included with the admission price. One will also see the vegetable and herb farm that is still in use growing vegetables from seed handed down from the plants produced in Jefferson's day. The plants will have a TJ on the row label. Another very interesting tour is the slave tour learning about how the slaves lived. At the visitors center there is a movie on Jefferson's life and a cafeteria. A must see when in the area. If you have been to Mount Vernon(Washington ) you will also enjoy the Jefferson estate.

Visited July 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very educational - be sure to attend all the tours”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a very busy place. After buying your ticket at the visitor center, you take the shuttle up the hill to Monticello. Tours start every 5 minutes and your ticket will tell you which one you are in. The house is very impressive and the guide was excellent, as other reviewers have noted.

There are two other tours you can take while you are there -- a Slave tour and a Garden tour. You can jump in and out of either as you like. I did part of the garden tour and then wandered around on my own. I did the full slave tour. Both were interesting, especially the stories on the slave tour.

You can choose to take the shuttle back down to the visitor center when you are finished, or walk down. We chose to walk. Either way, you can see the Jefferson gravesite on the way down. It is an operating family cemetery and is gated.

Be prepared walk a lot.

Great views!

Visited August 2013
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