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

  • Behind the Scenes with the Flower Gardener

    May 25, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am

    Details: Monticello Flower Gardener, Debbie Donley, will reveal the sequential planting schemes to maintain a continuous floral display, from spring bulbs to hardy annuals, biennials and perennials to the exuberant summer annuals that extend the season until frost.

    Cost: $18 per person

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  • The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence

    May 25, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Details: After the end of the Seven Years War, British America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the West Indies. In order to better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map its new territories. Using more than 250 original maps, plans, and charts, Max Edelson’ s The New Map of Empire pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain’s imperial ambitions in the generation before the American Revolution. Edelson is an associate professor of History at the University of Virginia, director of Graduate Admissions, and author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina.

    Book selling and signing after the talk.

    Cost: Free, Registration Required

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  • Friends of the Trail Sunset Hike

    May 25, 2017 7 pm - 9 pm

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 7 pm – 9 pm

    Details: This evening trek begins at our David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and ends atop Montalto, Thomas Jefferson’s first land acquisition, which stands 410 feet above Monticello Mountain. Once there, you will enjoy the 8:26 pm sunset and breathtaking views. This event is an exclusive thank you for Friends of the Trail at Monticello!  To register please email trail@monticello.org.

    To become a Friend of the Trail at Monticello, e-mail trail@monticello.org or make a donation online!

    Cost: Free

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  • Wine and Roses Open House, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

    May 27, 2017 10 am - 2 pm

    Where: Tufton Farm

    1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 | 10 am – 2 pm

    Details: Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and taste local wines in the garden. Have you ever wondered how to tell a Hybrid Tea from a Polyantha … and what exactly IS a Gallica? Learn the ABCs of Old Garden Roses … Alba, Bourbon, China, Damask, etc. in “All About Old Garden Roses,” with Connie Hilker of Hartwood Roses. Connie will introduce you to the various classes of roses, with descriptions and examples, in approximately the order in which they appeared in history.

    In addition, Monticello’s Beekeeper Paul Legrand will present “The Beekeepers Garden,” which will provide an overview of the art of beekeeping as well as ideas for plantings that support honeybees and other pollinators for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike.

    From 12-2, don’t miss the “Father of Virginia Wine,” Gabriele Rausse, as he hosts a tasting of his esteemed local wines. A wide selection of historic plants, including antique roses, will be for sale.

    Connie Hilker is an expert on historic roses, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Rose Foundation, and Old Garden Rose Chair of the American Rose Society’s Colonial District.  She currently manages the preservation and restoration of the rose collection at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.  A lifelong gardener with more than 600 varieties of roses in her personal collection, Connie is well known as the owner of Hartwood Roses.  Formerly a rose nursery, Hartwood Roses is now an educational display and preservation garden at her home in Hartwood, Virginia.  Her overall message is that ‘roses are not rocket science’ and she strives to show that anyone with a basic knowledge of gardening can choose appropriate roses and grow them well.

    Gabriele Rausse, Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds, first grafted Jefferson’s 1807 wine varietals for Monticello in 1984. Eleven years later he joined the staff as Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds. Gabriele, a native of Vicenza, Italy, graduated in Agricultural Science from Milan University. He first worked for the Tenuta Santa Margherita winery outside Venice and later was invited to Virginia to begin what is now Barboursville Vineyards in 1976. Gabriele, “the father of Virginia wine,” has helped to start over 40 vineyards and ten Virginia wineries, and was nominated the Virginia wine industry’s Man of the Year in 1996. At a recent talk by noted wine critic and author, John Hailman, Gabriele was called “the nicest guy in the Virginia wine industry.”  Add to that, “the most knowledgeable.”

    Paul Legrand is the beekeeper at Monticello. The Monticello bee project started 7 1/2 years ago when he offered to start, maintain, and fund an apiary here. The first apiary is 900 feet down the hill from the main house at Monticello. Two years later Paul added a second apiary at Tufton Farm, 1 1/4 miles from the first apiary, to help benefit the gardens and nursery at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Prior to these projects, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a beekeeper in a northern suburb of New York City.

    Cost: Free

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  • Botanical Painting & Sketching With Lara Call Gastinger

    Jun 1, 2017 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Details: This exclusive, one-day workshop features watercolor instruction by renowned botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger, illustrator of the Flora of Virginia. Enjoy painting flowers and pods by learning color mixing, applying layers and detailed brushwork. All artistic levels welcomed!

    Register by May 28.

    You will need to bring the following supplies for this Botanical Painting Class (paint will be provided)

    • round watercolor paintbrushes (Raphael Kolinsky sable # 8408 size 4, 2 or Series 7 brushes)
    • water dish
    • watercolor palette (a white dinner plate is recommended)
    • kneaded eraser
    • HB pencil
    • approximately 11×14 sheet of HOT press 300 lb watercolor paper (Fabriano)
    • small portable desk light (optional)

    Cost: $100 per person

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  • The British Invasion, 1781

    Jun 3, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Sunday, June 4, | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Details: Relive the turbulent days of the American Revolution when war came to Virginia and British soldiers captured the mountaintop. Witness Jack Jouett’s legendary ride to warn Thomas Jefferson of approaching British soldiers, Jefferson’s narrow escape from capture and the British raid on Monticello.

    Watch as Virginia militia, British Dragoons and Redcoats bring the Revolutionary War to life. Visit soldiers’ encampments, meet re-enactors and learn more about this crucial period in American history. Guests are invited to participate in a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend including musket, rifle and cannon demonstrations, kids’ military muster and more!

    Activities:

    • British Invasion Reenactments on Saturday at 11 am and 4 pm, and on Sun at 11 am & 2 pm.
    • Visit the camps of British and American forces
    • Learn about the day-to-day lives of soldiers and the women and children who supported them
    • Enjoy family-friendly activities including quill pen writing, colonial games and activities at the Mountaintop Activity Center

    Cost: Adults $18-25, Children (5-11) $9

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  • Archaeological Field School

    Jun 5, 2017 – Jul 14, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Monday, June 5, 2017 – 9:00 am to Friday, July 14, 2017 – 3:00 pm

    Details: The Field School is a six-week course in basic excavation and laboratory and analytical techniques in archaeology. The course provides six credits to undergraduate and graduate students through the University of Virginia. For application instructions, visit Monticello.org/fieldschool.

    Cost: Tuition $2000+

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  • Jefferson’s Body: A Corporal Biography

    Jun 6, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Jefferson Library

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Details: Have you ever wondered how Jefferson dressed? What he looked like? How he carried himself? Maurizio Valsania answers these questions and more by drawing insights, not only from eighteenth-century record, but also from the fields of medical science, psychology, and cultural anthropology. The result? A book which offers…“a revealing and novel way to reconsider Jefferson’s thinking about nature, self, others, and race.” (Alan Taylor, UVA, author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804). Valsania is professor of American History at the University of Torino, Italy, and author of Nature’s Man: Thomas Jefferson’s Philosophical Anthropology and The Limits of Optimism: Thomas Jefferson’s Dualistic Enlightenment (UVA Press).

    Book selling and signing after the talk.

    Cost: Free, Registration Required

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  • Let’s Go Cook

    Jun 8, 2017 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Thursday, June 8, 2017 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am

    Details: Join Monticello garden curator Eleanor Gould for a hands-on, family-friendly cooking class. Young cooks (9 and under) and their favorite grownups will first harvest produce from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare simple, kid-friendly dishes. The reward will be to eat what they make and take home the recipes.

    Cost: Adults $12, Children $9-11, Under 5 Free

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Tours

  • Archaeology Walking Tours: Hidden in Plain Site

    July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017 | 1:30 pm

    Details: Join Archaeologists on a 50-minute walking tour of rarely seen parts of the plantation and learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello. The tour, entitled Hidden in Plain Site: Archaeology at Jefferson’s Plantation, will visit the Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeology Field School‘s ongoing excavation of an early-nineteenth-century domestic site that was once home to enslaved agricultural laborers. Meet at the Plantation Model near the Cafe.

    Cost: Free with any day pass

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  • Archaeology Walking Tours: Hidden in Plain Site

    June 4, 2017 – June 16, 2017

    Where: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    When: Sunday, June 4 to Friday, June 16, 2017 | 1:30 pm

    Details: Join Archaeologists on a 50-minute walking tour of rarely seen parts of the plantation and learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the lives of those who lived and worked at Monticello. The tour, entitled Hidden in Plain Site: Archaeology at Jefferson’s Plantation, will visit the Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeology Field School‘s ongoing excavation of an early-nineteenth-century domestic site that was once home to enslaved agricultural laborers. Meet at the Plantation Model near the Cafe.

    Cost: Free with any day pass

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  • 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.

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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…