Thomas Jefferson, third president, philosopher, scientist, historian, and author of the Declaration of the Independence, helped establish the foundations of self-government and individual freedom we know today. Jefferson's words—the Declaration and his more than 19,000 letters—and his architecture—including Monticello and the University of Virginia— provide a lens for scholars and visitors today to view the beginnings of early America.
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, offers numerous ways to experience authentic American history. Visitors can discover the genius of Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and third president of the United States at his beautiful mountaintop home. Monticello is the only historic home in the United States designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided tours of the house -- and of the scenic gardens and grounds provide unparalleled access to the life, times and legacies of Jefferson and those who lived and worked at the plantation.
Authors, scientists, diplomats, historians, musicians and more find inspiration in Thomas Jefferson's legacy and his mountaintop home. In this series, some of Monticello's notable visitors share their thoughts on Jefferson's lasting global impact and his influence on their lives today.
There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. Learn more at www.monticello.org/july4
Monticello has always been a work in progress, overflowing with Thomas Jefferson's brilliance and complexity, his designs and experiments. He was once quoted as saying, "Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements." For nearly a century, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has worked step by step to restore Monticello and its signature mountaintop landscape to the period of Jefferson's retirement. We have systematically removed modern overlays and intrusions and reacquired original acreage and furnishings. Our preservation work on the House --the embodiment of Jefferson's genius and the only private home in America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- has received our field's most prestigious accolades. Monticello has begun work on a multi-year transformational initiative, to reveal with conviction Monticello as Jefferson knew it. This initiative, known as the Mountaintop Project, will allow us to complete the House and Mulberry Row, neither of which can be understood independently of the other, and which together reveal the authentic story of Jefferson's plantation. Learn more on http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/mountaintop-project-...