While downtown Charlottesville offers shopping, performing arts, historical walking tours and the University of Virginia, the main attraction in the area is Thomas Jefferson's estate, Monticello.
Please note that prices, hours of operation and wine availability can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.
Monticello: Home of Thomas Jefferson
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Telephone: (434) 984-9822
Open: 9-5, March to November; 10-4, December to February
Cost: Adults $17 to $22
A must-visit on any trip to Charlottesville, this splendid neoclassical house was a 40-year work-in-progress for Jefferson. Today, Monticello offers a 45-minute tour that's a fascinating tribute to one of our country's greatest minds. Check out Jefferson's wine cellar and the plantation vineyards, which have been replanted since his time and are now producing wine.
Leave time for a walk to Jefferson's gravesite and to explore the visitor center down the hill from the home; the center offers a 15-minute film on Jefferson and a variety of exhibits, including archeological artifacts from the Monticello collection, architectural models of the making of Monticello and an interactive examination of Jefferson's ideas about liberty.