Monticello was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, third president
of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.
The distinctive neoclassical building of the main house was
designed by Jefferson himself, and he continued to improve and add
to it throughout his life, over a period of 40 years. Jefferson
died with massive debts, forcing his children to sell of most of
the furnishings, and then the plantation itself. The house itself,
made up of 43 rooms, is furnished with a blend of the original
furniture and period pieces.
Jefferson's time at Monticello is surrounded by controversy
regarding his treatment of his slaves, and particular relationship
with one named Sally Hemings. Monticello has several multimedia
exhibitions that deal frankly with the president's slave ownership,
and archaeologists are constantly researching the subject.
The outbuildings and gardens are all open to the public, and
offer some stunning sights with beautifully-cultivated flow
Address: Albemarle County, outside of Charlottesville
Telephone: (434) 984-9822
Opening Time: Hours vary according to season, generally 9am-6pm.
Tours run throughout the day.
Admission: Adults $24 ($17 November to February), children