Guided tours of the home last approximately 30 minutes and are limited to 25 people at a time, running every 4-5 minutes. The house tours are available in Braille, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Russian. Because of fire codes and insurance restrictions, the second and third floors of the house are not open to the...more
Number of rooms: There are a total of forty-three rooms in the entire structure: thirty-three in the house itself (cellar, twelve; first floor, eleven; second floor, six; third floor, four); four in the pavilions; and six under the South Terrace. The stable and carriage bays under the North Terrace are not included in these totals. The first design...more
Monticello was a working plantation -- a center of agriculture and industry -- home not only to the Jefferson family, but to an extended community of workers, black and white, enslaved and free. On the quarter farms of Shadwell, Tufton, and Lego -- as well as the home farm on Monticello mountain -- 130 enslaved African Americans raised crops and...more
Mitchie Tavern -- William Mitchie, a Revolutionary War veteran, was a corporal at Valley Forge when he was urgently requested to return home because of his ailing father. When he arrived, his father had passed away.Mitchie inherited his father’s land and established a tavern in 1784.Today, visitors can experience the Tavern’s past through exhibits,...more
We were driving back from Monticello and decided to stop at Michie’s Tavern for lunch. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet for a pretty reasonable price. The menu is based on recipes from the 18th century, when travelers would "fill up" because they never knew when they would get their next meal. Lunch was in an “Ordinary” which was a converted log...more
The signs leading you to Monticello are easy to follow. Once you get to the main building and parking area..you buy your tickets and board the buses that take you up the mountain to the estate house.
You are not permitted to drive past the giftshop and ticket center.
There is picnic tables here, bathrooms and hiking trails. You can walk up to the House or take the buses provided. They are part of your entrance fees.