June 7th, I was up bright and early to spend the day at Monticello, a history buff’s delight. Thomas Jefferson established the estate in 1770. Designed, redesigned, built, and rebuilt for over forty years, the neoclassical villa and surrounding gardens and grounds at Monticello are owned today by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Having taken on the mantle of a national shrine, Monticello provides a glimpse into what daily life on the estate was like during Jefferson’s time- for both the resident owner, his family, guests, and his slaves.
If your travels take you to Virginia, add Monticello to your list to visit.
Monticello is always crazy busy, so purchasing your tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. Visit Tickets & Tours | Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to purchase your ticket(s).