Attractions & Museums
HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
From the moment you glimpse the iconic pillars of Monticello’s West Portico, you know you are in the presence of a visionary mind. The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson dedicated his life to serving our country at its founding as the third United States president, Governor of Virginia and Secretary of State, among other roles. Jefferson was also an architect, scholar, musician, inventor and agriculturalist. Like the Taj Mahal and the Tower of London, Monticello is on Photo Credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello the list of World Heritage Sites known the world over as cherished pieces of human history and of great universal value. When you tour the home, Mr. Jefferson’s clever inventions abound, from the Great Clock in the hallway that ingeniously marks the days and hours with a pulley system to the polygraph copying machine he designed for his famous letters. You’ll also learn more about Jefferson’s family and the enslaved community along Mulberry Row.
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Kids will love the Mountaintop Hands-on Activity Center “extras” on select weekends in September, October, November & December, and everyone should set aside time to stroll the grounds of this famous plantation to admire the glorious gardens. Be sure to visit on September 21 for the Annual Heritage Harvest Festival — a celebration of the amazing legacy Jefferson left behind as a gardener. Here, you’ll taste delicious heirloom fruits and vegetables, and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving. If you are looking for a seasonal experience, Monticello offers Holiday Evening Tours, where visitors get an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson’s time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. This year, Monticello will host their Holiday Open House on December 1, offering visitors a chance to be Photo Credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello the first to see the historic home decorated for the holidays. The popular wreath-making workshops, held at the end of November and beginning of December, are another winter treat at Monticello that produce a beautiful holiday decoration for your front door or the space above the mantle. No matter when you tour, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello always provides a special visit. `
Touring Tip: When visiting Monticello, consider saving time for James
Monroe’s Highland—only a 10-minute drive away. The 18th-century Michie Tavern, located just .5 miles from Monticello, also makes for the perfect lunch break between the two historic presidential homes. 24
Exploring Jefferson's Virginia