Latest Monticello Items
  • New exhibit explores Jefferson's slave ownership

    Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owner who freed only nine of his more than 600 slaves during his lifetime.

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    New book disputes claim Jefferson fathered children of slave Hemings

    In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it's unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings' children, disputing a decade's worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of his slaves.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Flight from Monticello'

    The circumstances suggested the political doom of any official: a governor who flees his state capital that is under threat of seizure by the enemy, takes refuge in remote mountains and falls silent for weeks during the crisis.

  • Stairs lead from the parking lot to the pavilion where visitors buy tickets to tour Monticello.

    ART: Monticello's new visitor center

    Visitor centers are proliferating at our nation's most cherished landmarks to change the tourist experience.

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