Jefferson's Monticello

by  Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd president of the United States of America.

The revolutionary ideas of this man of the Enlightenment were instrumental in the creation of the United States. His home in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an architectural icon, with its neoclassical design drafted by Jefferson himself. 

But Monticello was also a working plantation, and the home to hundreds of enslaved people. The Founding Father who wrote “all men are created equal” was also a lifelong slave owner. 

Using images, props, and Google Streetview, a Monticello educator will introduce students to Thomas Jefferson’s world.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out
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Booking Information

We will begin to schedule for the 2022-2023 school year at the end of August.

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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Charlottesville, VA
United States

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Charlottesville, Va.,
was the center of his world. To understand Jefferson, one must
understand Monticello; it can be seen as his autobiographical statement.

Monticello encompassed a house, an ornamental landscape, a farm, a
plantation, a small mountain, and a large and diverse community. It
encapsulated the interests, talents, ideals, ambitions, and realities of
its creative and complex owner.

In 1923, Monticello was purchased by the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation, a private nonprofit corporation and was opened as a public
attraction in 1924. Since then, the Foundation has instituted numerous
research and educational programs and major restoration and renovation
projects, and Monticello has attracted more than 27 million people.

Today, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation remains committed to a twofold mission:

  1. preservation -- to conserve, protect, and maintain Monticello in a
    manner which leaves it enhanced and unimpaired for future generations --
  2. education -- to interpret and present Thomas Jefferson to the widest
    possible audiences, including scholars and the general public.

Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and the only house in the United States designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Program Details


During your session our Monticello educator will use images, props, and Google Streetview as well as Q & A time to engage your students and get a glimpse of life on Jefferson's “little mountain.”


Learn about Thomas Jefferson's ideas that helped shaped a nation.
Learn about Monticello as an architectural icon
Find out about Monticello as a plantation that was supported by enslaved labor