Visit Monticello and get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.
2 1/2 hour guided student programs available:
Roundabout Monticello – Grades 3-12
Explore public and private spaces on Jefferson’s “little mountain” as you learn about the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. This program provides an introduction to Monticello as a working plantation, Jefferson as a Founding Father and man of the enlightenment and—new this year—Monticello’s “revolutionary” gardens.
Childhood at Monticello – Grades K-3
See Monticello through the eyes of its youngest residents. Students will roll hoops and sing songs on the West Lawn, just as Jefferson’s grandchildren did. Indoor activities will be substituted in the case of inclement weather. Note: Offered April – October
Waiting on Liberty *NEW PROGRAM!* – Grades 8-12
Students are prompted to take a thoughtful look at the enslaved African Americans who worked in Thomas Jefferson’s “Great House.” Following the house tour, students are invited to participate in a facilitated dialogue and personal reflection on the meaning of liberty.
4-hour guided programs include a workshop, house tour and lunch break. Programs are designed for students in grades 3-6 (basic) and 7-12 (advanced).
Daily Life at Monticello
(150 people/6 groups max)
Explore the lives and experiences of Thomas Jefferson, his family, and Monticello’s enslaved plantation community through the objects that illustrate their stories. Students will examine historic pockets to uncover evidence and gain perspective on daily life and work at Monticello.
(150 people/6 groups max)
Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered for just three main contributions to society; authoring the Declaration of American Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, and fathering the University of Virginia. Explore how Jefferson influenced the evolution of this new nation as you place his contributions within the context of Enlightenment thinking and America’s ongoing experiment in democracy.
Jefferson and Architecture
(100 people/4 groups max)
Jefferson delighted in what he called “putting up and pulling down.” In this hands-on workshop, students become architects-in-training as they explore ways in which Jefferson applied classical Greek and Roman building styles in new ways through his iconic “essay in architecture,” Monticello.