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Mountaintop Project Celebration

Saturday May 02, 2015

Commemorate the progress on the Mountaintop Project—a multi-year effort to restore Monticello as Jefferson knew it and to tell the stories of people, enslaved and free, who lived and worked at Monticello—with special preview tours, a panel discussion and interpretive programming. Visitors can enjoy a free grounds pass from 9am to 2pm and explore newly re-created buildings, including a log cabin interpreted as the home of John and Priscilla Hemmings.

 Featured events include:      

  • Panel discussion on Monticello’s significance with Tom Brokaw, Rex Ellis and Jon Meacham—moderated by David M. Rubenstein, patriotic philanthropist
  • Commemorative tree planting:  Join speakers and descendants to honor the enslaved families of Monticello with a tree planting on Mulberry Row
  • Mulberry Row exhibition featuring costumed interpreters, music, historic trade demonstrations and a new digital learning tool
  • Free preview tours of the upstairs, reservations required

The Mountaintop Project has reached a critical milestone in efforts to fully restore Jefferson’s world. In the House, nine rooms have been restored and furnished upstairs. Occupied primarily by Jefferson’s daughter, sister and grandchildren, these private quarters illustrate the dynamics of family life in the early 1800s, including how their lives were interwoven with those of enslaved people.

Now visitors can more fully experience Mulberry Row—what was once the industrial hub and dynamic ‘Main Street’ of the plantation—through two re-constructed buildings and an innovative app. 

As a result of Jefferson’s assiduous record-keeping, and more than fifty years of scholarly research by curators, historians and archaeologists, Monticello is considered the best documented, best preserved and best studied plantation in North America.

For a full list of May 2 events, visit


  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
  • 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
  • Charlottesville, 22902
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