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“You have to visit Monticello”

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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Reviewed May 11, 2010

But before you go, make sure to read up about him and his architectural ideas. Knowing about all the care, thought and attention he put into designing the house really makes it interesting. For example, the green shuttered rooms on the back of the house were added to give him some privacy in later years because of all the visitors that came to the mountain to try to see him. He didn't want to add them because he thought it destroyed some of the perfection of the octagonal shapes of the house.
He was a fascinating man and this was one of the most interesting historical homes I've every been to. The tour guide I had on my first visit was pretty decent, not anything spectacular but certainly knowledgeable and pleasant. The woman who gave the Plantation Community Tour was awesome! Definitely take the Plantation Community Tour. If you're into gardening there is a gardens tour, but if you're not into plants and trees, definitely skip that.
Plan to spend a while walking around taking in all the different areas and grounds. It is truly beautiful.

3  Thank elysa60713
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Reviewed April 2, 2010

The staff who appear to be the visitor greeters and handlers were very friendly and helpful. The cashiers at the gift shops also very friendly. Others who might be considered interpreters, i.e, tour guides, activity guides, garden crew, a bit cool. The house tour was lacking in interesting detail; nothing was revealed that was surprising. Getting through it seemed to be the goal. The beautiful nude and the Salome painting: unmentioned. No entry to the second floor with its dome room. The tour size was too large for the size of the rooms. If one could spend less money and skip the house tour, or the one we had, It would be better to research it online and see the rooms and their details that way. The gardens and landscape were stunning. The archeologist on hand excavating a road was very informative and kind, taking time with us and all our questions, and showing us the uncovered shards of slate, glass, and pottery. The lawns were wonderful to stroll and loll around on. We did not see the entrance movie. It WAS a very busy day at the height of Spring Break. Its so possible that on a weekday somewhat off season, the house tour would be much more leisurely, friendly, and expository.

6  Thank whootowl
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

A gem of an opportunity to get a sense of American at one of it's brightest, finest moments as it struggled to define itself. His life was not just about being president, being a voracious reader, building a home that included examples of architecture never seen in the U.S., but he was also a true intellectual. His book collection started the Library of Congress, and he believed educated citizens would keep a new democracy strong.

While the house is smaller than you might imagine, and the tour does not cover the entire house (the upstairs in now off-limits due to fir code), it's worth a trip. Try to go in the spring when the garden tours will be more visually stunning, and don't think that avoiding the spaces under the decking is a good idea...it's not. When you get to the place where ice was kept, think about how that was done 200 years ago...fascinating.

There are always people there (I live in Charlottesville), so there is no best time to avoid the crowds. It's very organized and the tour moves quickly, so jump in!

3  Thank deborahrutter
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

My visit to Monticello was very disappointing. The ticket at $22 was very expensive, particularly since the short, 20 minute tour included only two rooms from the huge house.Most parts of the house were out off limits, much to the disappointment of the visitors. There is not much to see. I would NOT recommend it.

5  Thank Luba65
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

A tour of Monticello really gives the visitor insight into what an amazing man Thomas Jefferson was. The staff and guides are very helpful and very knowledgeable. The new visitors center alone is worth a visit. A must see.

Thank Sept1987
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