Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author of the Declaration of Independence and Statute for Religious Freedom as well as founder of the University of Virginia.
In 1769 at the age of 26, Thomas Jefferson began the design and construction of Monticello. Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the city of Charlottesville, Monticello is a majestic reminder of Jefferson's creativity and talent. No other home in the United States more accurately reflects the personality of its owner than Monticello, Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home.
Daily tours at Monticello range from the intimacy of Jefferson's private suite of rooms, to the sensations of his gardens, orchards, and vineyards, to the stories of slaves who worked and lived on the plantation. Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which has continued to restore the house and create an authentic Jeffersonian atmosphere.
March 1 to October 31 - 8am to 5pm
November 1 to February 28 - 9am to 4.30pm
Closed for Christmas
From Interstate 64, take exit 121 (if traveling westbound) or 121 A (eastbound) to Route 20 South. Turn left on Route 53, just after the first stoplight. The entrance to Monticello is located on the left, approximately one and a half miles from Route 20.
P.O. Box 217
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 984-9800