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Visiting Jefferson’s estate engages the senses, stimulates the mind and provides a fun and rewarding experience for all ages and interests.

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Windows and Light at Monticello

Did you know Jefferson used an optical illusion to make Monticello seem a little smaller?

Charlottesville: Why Jefferson Matters

New York Review of Books

"Jefferson didn’t think America would stand still. The country would move ever forward, with education bringing enlightenment. That was the purpose of his university. It was to this Jefferson that statues have been raised." --Annette Gordon-Reed

Quoting Thomas Jefferson

Real or imagined? Find a Jefferson Quote Here

Thomas Jefferson is one of the most frequently quoted (and misquoted) figures in American history. Search this extensive collection of quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson—all fully verified and cited by the editors of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series.

The Campaign for Monticello

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Help safeguard and share the mountaintop and the mind of Thomas Jefferson—for all people, for all time.


Ranked one of the South's Best

"Thomas Jefferson’s astounding home and gardens reflect his skills as an architect and gardener, not to mention his boundless curiosity." - Southern Living Magazine