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If you love history, this is a must see site. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and give a unique perspective to the life and times of Jefferson.

We took the behind the scene tour and were glad we did. You get to see parts of the home that are not on the regular tour.

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Reviewed yesterday

Whether you love history or want to learn more about Thomas Jefferson, visiting Monticello is an amazing way to experience history! I have been to Monticello three times and each tourguide I've had was exceptional and made the tour unique. By visiting Thomas Jefferson's home you're able to understand him more as a person.

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Unfortunately the day we went the weather was absolutely miserable, rain,fog etc. I think the grounds would have been lovely if we could have seen them. We also did not have time to do all the tours, which we were interested in. Especially about slavery and his relationship with Sally Hemings. We took the behind the scene tour which was good. Our tour guide was lovely and knowledgeable BUT she was too soft spoken and it was hard to hear a lot of what she said. I would like to go back and give this another try.

Thank Haven156
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had very high expectations for this visit and unfortunately I was very let-down. The initial process is simple enough, you purchase tix at the ticket office and either walk a trail for less than 1 mile to the grounds or take a shuttle (the path to the grounds is uphill, so be prepared for a workout-much better coming back the other way). The tours are all timed to accommodate the amount of people, which is a great idea unless your tour doesn’t start for 3 hours. I didn’t know until after I’d already purchased my tix how long of a wait it would be. The gentleman at the ticket counter very quickly explained that we could walk the grounds until our time came. We boarded the shuttle and tried to kill time until the tour started. We spent 2 hours slowly meandering around the small grounds in order to kill time but it just wasn’t enough. We decided to forgo the tour and head back. The grounds weren’t too impressive and Monticello, while beautiful from an architecture standpoint, was simply underwhelming.
I doubt we will return, especially considering the high price of the tour.

Thank ImAlwaysAdventuring
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I first visited this house about 18 years ago. They have upgraded the parking and entrance for the site which is very nice. The regular tour is only the main floor but the tour started on time and we had a great tour guide. There is lots of self-guided displays and volunteers in the gardens to answer questions. We walked back to the visitor centre instead of taking the bus which was nice. It is such a lovely spot. Really it ia a must see.

Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are an admirer of Thomas Jefferson, his home is a must-see. You get an intuitive sense of his philosophy and his passions by seeing the design of his home. One of the earliest sunroom/greenhouses is one exterior exposure of the house. Enjoy seeing the weather vane designed to save a trip outdoors, as well as the exterior/interior clock that greets guests from porch to atrium. The atrium view reveals the weight-works that extend all the way into the floor for this stunningly accurate timepiece. Discover how he managed to hold stimulating private dinner conversations with elevating dumb waiters from the wine cellar and rotating pass-through for serving dishes, limiting the foot traffic of servants through the room to a mere two servers! His immersion into his passions during post-retirement is very interesting. In summary, come and see!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Tour Monticello while visiting Charlottesville. 22 day road trip from Dc. Drove down Skyway dr. to Charlottesville. Then south on Blue Ridge Park way . Allow 4 hrs

Thank bynner
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We diverted off the Blue Ridge Parkway to tour this national treasure and World Heritage Site. The home which Jefferson designed without any formal architectural training exhibits many unique features of his invention including the Great Clock which you see on both sides of the main entry and a wine bottle delivery system on both sides of a fireplace in the Tea Room adjoining the Dining Room. The tour guides both inside the house and out in the plantation were excellent and presented historical context honestly including slavery and Jefferson’s treatment and relationships to his slaves including Sally Hemings who bore six of his children. There is so much to view including the house living areas, the cellar working and storage areas and cellar passage ways, Mulberry Row, plantation grounds including gardens, service buildings and the family cemetery including Jefferson’s grave along with his wife and children. The cemetery is owned by descendants and is still in use today. The tour process is very well organized and starts and stops at Visitor and Education Center.

Thank MMM_and_MPM
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a solid 5 hours with a behind the scenes tour of the Jefferson Home Monticello. While pricey, this tour takes you to the upper floors of the house and the group is much smaller in size than the first floor only group.Lots of history and a very skilled docent lead the way and even allowed a 15 minute Q and A in a room with chairs. Since the tour was two hours long, the rest was needed.

After the house hour we walked the grounds and examined the many out buildings. We later took a 45 minute tour on the conditions of slavery at Monticello. The docent was outstanding and he gave us much to think about regarding a very difficult subject to talk about.

The views from the top of Monticello are breathtaking. It appears that in the distance you can see the ocean. But of course you cannot. Jefferson joked about this phenomenon in his time.

Thank hockeychief
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at Monticello on a beautiful fall day and took the tram up to the area where the tours meet. Our guide was excellent and provided so many interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson and his home. The tour of the house was especially enjoyable because so many of the original artifacts are on display--and Jefferson had a wide variety of interests! We were particularly impressed with the music/play room and the suite of rooms were Jefferson slept and worked most days he was at Monticello. The guide left us off outside on a sort of walkway with beautiful views of some of the forests and hills of Virginia. We got some very nice pictures of the front of the house--we were lucky it wasn't too crowded (a Sunday, so no school groups). Then we took the underground passage and saw lots of interesting storerooms. We could have taken additional tours of the gardens and the slave quarters (at no extra cost), but we were too warn out, so we just took the tram back down and checked out the gift shop.
We would recommend visiting Monticello early on a weekend day. Our visit to Mount Vernon earlier on this trip had been somewhat ruined by the hordes of students on field trips!

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