Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville VA — Events

For almost 90 years, Monticello has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns over 2,500 acres of Jefferson’s 5,000-acre plantation. As a private, nonprofit 501©3 corporation, the Foundation receives no ongoing federal, state, or local funding in support of its dual mission of preservation and education.

Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 Hours: 10 am to 5:00 pm Phone: 434-984-9800 Online: www.monticello.org

Events

  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Apr 1, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Details: This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the botanical treasures of early spring: trout lilies, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties, and more. Be prepared for a strenuous trek, muddy slopes and uphill climbs, and an intimate view of the wild Monticello, particularly the lovely plant communities along the river. Wear sturdy shoes!

    Offered on April 1, 6, 8 and 20.

    Cost: $20 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • Get to Know Your Trails

    Apr 1, 2017 9:15 am - 11:30 am

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Meets at Trail at Monticello overflow parking lot on Route 20

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:15 am – 11:30 am

    Details: Join a Monticello Trail Ranger for this informal ramble along one of the park’s many rustic woodland paths to learn about the trail’s history and enjoy the season’s natural beauty.

    Also offered on July 1 and Sep. 30.

    Cost: $18 per person

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  • The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring!

    Apr 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017 10 am - 2 pm

    Open every Saturday this spring!

    Where: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

    1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

    Details: The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring! Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory, then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Apr 1, 2017 – Apr 20, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 6, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Details: This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the botanical treasures of early spring: trout lilies, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties, and more. Be prepared for a strenuous trek, muddy slopes and uphill climbs, and an intimate view of the wild Monticello, particularly the lovely plant communities along the river. Wear sturdy shoes!

    Offered on April 1, 6, 8 and 20.

    Cost: $20 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Apr 1, 2017 – Apr 20, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Details: This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the botanical treasures of early spring: trout lilies, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties, and more. Be prepared for a strenuous trek, muddy slopes and uphill climbs, and an intimate view of the wild Monticello, particularly the lovely plant communities along the river. Wear sturdy shoes!

    Offered on April 1, 6, 8 and 20.

    Cost: $20 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring!

    Apr 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017

    Open every Saturday this spring!

    Where: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

    1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

    Details: The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring! Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory, then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring!

    Apr 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017 10 am - 2 pm

    Open every Saturday this spring!

    Where: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

    1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

    Details: The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring! Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory, then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    Apr 1, 2017 – Apr 20, 2017

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Details: This three-hour, five-mile hike through the woodlands of Monticello to the Rivanna River is a perennial favorite of hikers and native plant enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the botanical treasures of early spring: trout lilies, Virginia blue bells, spring beauties, and more. Be prepared for a strenuous trek, muddy slopes and uphill climbs, and an intimate view of the wild Monticello, particularly the lovely plant communities along the river. Wear sturdy shoes!

    Offered on April 1, 6, 8 and 20.

    Cost: $20 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring!

    Apr 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017

    Open every Saturday this spring!

    Where: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

    1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

    Details: The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants is open every Saturday this spring! Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory, then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration

    Apr 13, 2017 9:45 am - 11:00 am

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    West Lawn of Monticello, View Map

    When: Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 9:45 am – 11:00 am

    Details: Monticello will mark the 274th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn with a pre-ceremony performance beginning at 9:45 a.m., featuring  keynote address by the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.​ Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Toddler Time at Monticello

    Apr 15, 2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Details: Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play.

    Held in the Griffin Discovery Room at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. 9:00 to 9:15 is reserved for free play and exploration, with activities from 9:15 to 10:00 am.

    Specially designed for children ages 18 months – 4 years and their adult caregivers. Advance registration required. Offered on third Saturdays.

    Cost: $10 per child (Must be accompanied by adult caregiver)

    Click here for more information.

  • Smartphone Photography

    Apr 22, 2017 8:30 am - 10:30 am

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

    Details: Explore Monticello’s landscape with Eleanor Gould, curator of gardens, and learn about exposure, composition, creative apps and storytelling. The workshop is designed for amateurs seeking to effectively use and share mobile imagery. Bring a mobile device that has a camera.

    Cost: $24 per person

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  • Garden Week Conversation with Julia Reed

    Apr 24, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

    Details: Join us to hear author Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert, share her secrets on Southern entertaining. From spring garden lunches to Jefferson-themed dinner parties, Reed offers a feast of options for decorating and dining to set the mood for an unforgettable event. After the talk, Reed will sign copies of her latest book Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. Author of six books, Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and Elle Décor. She also writes a column for Southern Living and contributes to the Wall Street Journal. $65 per person, 6:30 PM, includes a private reception and book-signing.

    Cost: $65 per person

    Click here for more information.

Tours

  • Family Friendly Tour and Day Pass • 10am-3pm

    September 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

    Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 2.31.14 PM Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 • Directions

    When: June 7 – Sept. 1 Also, first three weekends in October, Columbus Day, and December 26-30 • On the hour, 10 am – 3 pm.

    Details: These special guided 40-minute tours of Thomas Jefferson’s house are designed especially for families with children ages 5 to 11. Featuring hands-on opportunities, these tours provide a glimpse of life at Monticello and highlight Jefferson’s accomplishments and wide-ranging interests.

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  • Behind the Scenes Tour and Day Pass • 9:30am-3:30pm

    Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 2.31.41 PMWhere: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 • Directions.

    When: Daily, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

    Details: Have you always wanted to go upstairs at Monticello? This exclusive pass takes you behind the scenes: through the first floor of Monticello; to bedrooms once occupied by members of the Jefferson family on the second floor; to the iconic Dome Room on the third floor; and to the new, interactive “Crossroads” exhibition under the house. You’ll see unique interior architectural features, learn about ongoing historic restoration efforts, and gain insight into what one of Jefferson’s granddaughters called “the bustle and hurry” of life at Monticello.

    Click here to buy tickets and for more information.

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  • Monticello Sunset Pass • Wednesday-Friday, 5:30pm

    May 1, 2014 – September 5, 2014

    GardeningSunset2Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902 • Directions.

    When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, May 1-September 5 (excluding May 16 and July 4)

    Details: Includes access to gardens, grounds, and visitor center 1 to 8 pm (8:30 pm in June and July), House Tours begin at 5:30 and 5:45 pm.

    New! Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Monticello at the end of the day with this exclusive pass that allows you to delight in the vistas of Jefferson’s “little mountain” after the regular closing time. Arrive in the afternoon, and take part in guided tours of Monticello’s gardens and Mulberry Row. And then browse the exhibition galleries and Museum Shop on your own before your guided house tour which includes the third-floor Dome Room. After the tour, enjoy spectacular views of the setting sun from the mountaintop! Read More…