Saturday, May 08, 2010

Charlottesville, VA Monticello, New Perspectives on Life on the Mountain

If you haven't been to Monticello recently you are in for a treat when you plan your next visit - which we hope will be soon! If you have been to Monticello recently plan another visit soon and be one of the first to experience the new restoration projects - five in total.

And here they are.....

Experience the "Crossroads" Exhibition that portrays life downstairs at Monticello -- at the horizontal and vertical crossroads of the lower level of the mansion. This is where all of the domestic work took place from enslaved domestic workers, family members, waggoners delivering supplies, and anyone else necessary to the daily life of Monticello. Life-sized figures in this new exhibition "present" the comings and goings of life in the "crossroads".

View Jefferson's Dining Room, restored according to his plans of 1815.

Explore his newly restored Wine Cellar and see the workings of the nearly invisible dumb waiter that connected the Wine Cellar to the Dining Room.

Learn about Jefferson's early years at Monticello in the South Pavilion "honeymoon cottage" where Jefferson and his new bride, Martha Wayles Skelton lived beginning in 1772  while Monticello was under construction.

Experience the new high tech interactive Visitor Center and Smith Education Center where you can explore Monticello life and Jefferson's history at your own speed and according to your own taste and preferences.

Special programs and new tours, including early morning bird walks, presentations at the Center for Historic Plants, evening Signature Tours, and much more are offered every month at Monticello. Check the calendar to see what is new and interesting every month of the year. Stay at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm and let us help you make plans for your Monticello tour.

Oh, and don't forget the first annual Wine Festival at Monticello with live musical entertainment on September 18 in the evening.
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