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“Footprints of history”
Review of Mulberry Row

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Owner description: A part of the Monticello Plantation where nearly 130 slaves lived, with tours available.
Norfolk, Virginia
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67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Footprints of history”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a row of sites upon which formerly stood buildings that were built for specific functions such as nail-making, a privy for slaves, and so on. Now there are only the foundations. Mulberry Row is on a terrace below the Monticello mansion and directly above the experimental vegetable garden, which is fabulously interesting. Sitting here and looking at the view and listening to the guide of the Enslaved People's tour, it's so easy to imagine what the lives of the slaves were like back under Jefferson. Nothing I've read in books makes history as alive as a trip to the places where it all happened, and Monticello is the best.

Visited September 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“So educational and beautiful!”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

First, this is a gorgeous walk. In the Fall it would be even more so. Secondly, you can learn so much about slavery and understand the people involved, on both sides, of the "peculiar institution". A subject ALL Americans should learn.

Visited September 2012
Thank Brian W
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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Sad History”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Learned a lot from the guides about how talented and hard-working Monticello's slaves were, about Mulberry Row and how the slaves sold their goods to visiters.

Visited August 2012
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Salem, IL
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“The Icing on the Cake”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Monticello is without a doubt one of the classic property to visit in American history. The grounds at Monticello are simple, yet a classic, hold a beauty all of its own. The Garden Pavillion and the Jefferson's Honeymoon cottage are interesting tidbits. The one tour that brings the whole experience together is the Slavery At Monticell tour...along Mulberry Row. We had a delightful docent, who was well informed and involved her listeners in the working of Jefferson's estate at that time. She was truthful in her understanding of slavery on the Jefferson plantation, the conflict birthing and promoting independence among people, yet, the enslavment men and women as in order to accomplish the whole. She was more than honest regarding the Hemmings affair. Whatever you do..include the slavery on Mulverry Row part of your tour. It will be "the icing on the cake"regarding a life style we can only imagine.

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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140 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Leisure Stroll”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Part of the Monticello plantation, the ground was very well kept, a great way to spend your time while waiting for your main resident guided tour to start. The mulberry trees provide a good cover from the sun during the hot summer days. If I could, I would put a hammock under these mulberries and snooze my afternoon away and leave all the worries and baggage behind.

Visited May 2012
Thank youngcats
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