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“Often overlooked part of Monticello”
Review of Mulberry Row

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Owner description: A part of the Monticello Plantation where nearly 130 slaves lived, with tours available.
Charlottesville, Virginia
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425 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Often overlooked part of Monticello”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a part of your stop at Monticello but because there is not a lot to see and you need to do it as a tour many people overlook it. But this is where much of the active excavations and work is happening currently on the property and it's a huge aspect of how people lived at Monticello given that the majority of the residents were not members of Jefferson's immediate family but were the enslaved people who served that family and worked the land there. This area explores their lives and gives a whole new view of Monticello, one which many might not want to see, but which I think brings a more complete picture of life in Colonial America.

Visited January 2013
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Albany, New York
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Historic footprint rather than structures”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Mulberry Row is part of the Monticello estate. Tour Guide will provide you a view of slavery and the lives of the slaves living at Jefferson's Monticello. The original structures are long gone; but there is a historic footprint. and some restoration occurring. However, for a better understanding of Jefferson and his view of slavery, read the recent issue of the Smithsonian magazine; there is an article about Jefferson and the content of recently found documents.

Visited September 2012
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massachusetts
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“Very interesting and beautiful setting on the grounds of Jefferson's Monticello”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The signs that mark the area of Mulberry Row clearly depict the life history of the slaves that were owned by Jefferson.

Visited September 2012
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Norfolk, Virginia
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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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“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
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