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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
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Owner description: Monticello and its many historical rooms, gadgets, furniture, buildings, and artifacts tell us a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the president who built it and lived there.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 11 July 2014

You can not go many places for several hours and learn so much about one of the most important figures in both US and World History. Do the tours and take advantage of tall the information that is shared. Grounds are great, tour guides very knowledgeable and the history really did come to life.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

An attraction that offers something for all ages and interests…Plan to arrive earlier in the day rather than later. Tickets are $25 and if you purchase them online before arriving you don't have to wait in the long line. Your ticket assigns you a time for your tour through the house. You can go on the slave and/or garden tour at any time you'd like. Those two tours run on the hour and each lasts approx. 45 min. Just past the ticket office is the movie theater. Stop and watch the 15 minute movie about Jefferson before you begin exploring the grounds. A shuttle will take you up the hill or you can walk. All of the tours were interesting and informative. The docents were enthusiastic and engaging. They did a great job of talking to the adults, teens and kids in the groups. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy the day here. Their interesting and educational stories really made history and the grounds come alive. It is easy to spend several hours here. You can take the shuttle back down or walk down the path. They say the walk is 20 minutes but it really only took about 10. It was an easy, beautiful walk. It was shaded most of the way. There is a gift shop where you can purchase seeds, plants, etc. and a cafe. Wear comfortable shoes and give yourself plenty of time to explore.

Thank Lebowski93
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We had a good guide in the house and we didn't feel rushed. There's plenty to see before and after the house tour.

Thank DJS377
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

At the top of a small mountain (from where it gets the name in Italian) you find a lush, extensive garden and a small house which is so important in American history it is designated a world heritage site.
Timed tour tickets at $25 with few discounts means either book ahead or risk a wait. Note that the time on the ticket is the time you are required to be at the top of tge mountain outside the house, not as we expected at the shuttle bus stop to take you there so catch the bus 10 or 15 minutes before the ticket time.
The tour is a group of about 20 on foot only on the ground floor as the top floor can only be reached by very steep narrow stairs.
Jefferson is an enigma, both brilliant but a little odd (saving space in the house is almost an obsession).
Because he wrote so many letters and kept copies, much is known about him.
The house is in many ways remarkably modern (double glazing for warmth, when at the time glass was expensive).
As a brit, I have to admire his inquisitive, open minded and fascinating life, which is so much more than the father of the declaration of independance, although that was certainly crowning achievement.
Well run, although when we visted the ladies rest rooms were not well maintained according to my wife and daughter.
Cafe on site has generous sandwiches and wraps, salads at fair prices, limited indoor seating.
Good museum; dont forget to get some $2 bills which are legal tender as a momento fromthe main shop, a bargain at $2 each! Limited editions are also available at typically $20.
There is on going archaeology to trace out buildings, so in time there will be even more to see.
A super bargain is to just go around the museum exhibits and garden for free; you will miss the house tour, but will see most of the elements in the museum.
A must see.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Really enjoyed the movie at the vistor's center, the tour of the mansion and the grounds. One thing to note, if you want the extended tour (i.e. upstairs in the Mansion) you have to register for that ahead of time.

Thank John H
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