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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, one of the principal architect/authors of the United States' Declaration of Independence, he was also the third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.

The estate house, which Jefferson himself designed, was based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. It is situated on the summit of an 850-foot-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. The name "Monicello" comes from the Italian "little mountain" and is located in Albemarle county, Virginia.

DIRECTIONS: Monticello, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the Virginia Piedmont about two miles southeast of Charlottesville, Virginia, off of State Rte. 53.

Open daily. Hours 8:00am to 5:00pm March-October, 9:00am to 4:30pm November-February, closed Christmas Day.

For more information please visit www.monticello.org

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Jefferson Mansion graveyard

Monticello's graveyard is overseen by the Monticello Association, a not-for-profit organization formed in 1913 composed exclusively of linear descendants of Thomas Jefferson himself. Formed in 1913, the Monticello Association oversees the graveyard to...

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Thomas Jefferson's cemetary marker (monument)

The original tombstone for Thomas Jefferson's grave was placed in 1833 but suffered almost continual damage by visitors who would chip pieces off the stone to keep as souvenirs, so the original was moved to the University of Missouri in 1885 and...

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Jefferson's tomb inscription

Jefferson's tomb is inscribed with the phrase from Thomas himself, verbatim: "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom and Father of the University of Virginia."

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