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A visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

A visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

It’s impossible to visit Charlottesville, Virginia without hearing about Thomas Jefferson–or Mr. Jefferson, as he’s referred to by locals. Born and raised in Virginia, Jefferson inherited a large amount of land outside of Charlottesville in his 20s. At age 26, he started building Monticello: his self-designed grand estate.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, Virginia

Honestly: I enjoyed the visit so much more than I thought it would! Not only is Monticello perched on a hill that overlooks the Blue Ridge mountains and the sprawling Virginian countryside, but the house itself is incredibly interesting. Jefferson was an entrepreneur and an innovator–and liked a good party!–and his home is filled with his inventions, trinkets and decor that reflects his personal belief. Highly recommend taking the house tour (although photos aren’t allowed!), along with giving yourself enough time to wander the gardens. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the spring and summer!

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaOverlooking the gardens! I especially love that little glass post: what a gorgeous place to be inspired by the sunset.Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaThomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VirginiaWhat’s your favorite photo from Monticello? Have you visited any other homes of former presidents? 

 

 

  • The first photo is absolutely gorgeous, postcard perfect!

  • I visited Mount Vernon when I was younger. I’d love to visit Monticello!

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    You should! Charlottesville is gorgeous.

  • LOVE the first photo! I went to school in DC and visited Charlottesville once, but never made it to Monticello. Would love to make it back to visit – I just love the history surrounding the area!

  • Cathy Colbert

    I love the photo with the path through the trees. I took Hannah and Julia Nyznyk there years ago in summer and have a photo of Hannah walking down this same path when everything was green.

  • camorose

    You should! It’s seriously so pretty–I’d love to go back in the spring or fall to see how it all blooms!

  • camorose

    That’s so fun! I’d love to go back in the spring or fall–I feel like that path would be soooo gorgeous when the leaves are changing!