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Woolen Mills, Virginia, United States

About Monticello

Monticello is an historic home which was the creation and long-time home of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the US and main author of its Declaration of Independence.

Under Jefferson, Monticello’s 5,000 acres of land was run as a plantation. While the first "version" of Monticello was built from 1770, today’s incarnation mostly dates back to when it was renovated and extended from circa 1790 to 1809 and remains in a similar state to when Jefferson lived there upon his retirement. He was also buried there.

Today, Monticello is a museum of its own history and that of Jefferson. It also tells the story of the slaves and freemen who worked there.

Together with the University of Virginia, Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage site.