On a Road Trip across the USA, our family had the opportunity to remember and learn about many great Americans who helped shape our country. And one of those great Americans was Thomas Jefferson.
Ten Things to do at Monticello in Virginia
1. Enjoy the drive to Monticello located in Charlottesville, Virginia
2. Begin your time at the Visitor Center where you can watch a film and explore the exhibits
3. Have your picture taken with T.J. as you wait for the shuttle to take you from the Visitor Center
We rode the shuttle to Monticello but found a path to walk back to the Visitor Center. If the weather is nice, I’d recommend a walk through Monticello Grove.
Wanting to stay within our sightseeing budget, Gary and I chose the Guided House Tour. If our sightseeing budget had been more, we would have opted for the Behind the Scenes House Tour.
We enjoyed touring the house Jefferson designed, redesigned, built, and rebuilt over 40 years.
If you’d like a sneak peek of the interior Jefferson’s home, click here to read about and see Monticello
5. Explore the grounds and gardens and enjoy the great outdoors
Our Guided House Tour included a day pass to spend on the grounds of Monticello. Thomas Jefferson designed his home with a series of rooms and tunnels. Each room was designed for a specific purpose. We explored these rooms on a self-guided tour of the restored wine cellar, kitchen, smokehouse, storehouse, ice house, and slave quarters.
As for the gardens, you might like to read a post about Colonial Revival Gardens I wrote in celebration of Garden Month.
6. Spend the day learning about slavery
7. Imagine what life was like on Mulberry Row
Mulberry Row was once a busy road through this 5,000 acre plantation. Through archaeological research and primary source documents, this road will one day be recreated.
8. Stroll the Saunders-Monticello Trail and stop by the Monticello Graveyard
9. Leave Monticello wanting to know more about Thomas Jefferson
10. Drive by the University of Virginia before you leave Charlottesville, Virginia
If this list didn’t entice you to add a visit to Monticello to your bucket list, perhaps these photos will.
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour.
If you enjoy studying American History and if you admire the author of the Declaration of Independence, our 3rd president, and the father of the University of VA, you need to add a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s home to your bucket list.
Let me know if you decide to make a trip to Monticello.
The New Year has arrived and it’s time to continue our Virtual Travels.