Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Over the holidays we had family in town, and when people visit we go out and do the sightseeing thing. I love travel and exploring but we don’t do it as much as I’d like. Guests make a great excuse for getting out of the house!

One of our excursions led us to Monticello near Charlottesville, VA. It was quite a drive from our home in Chesapeake, but in my opinion, worth it. I’ve wanted to visit Monticello for ages – ever since we saw Villa Almerico Capra, also known as La Rotonda near Verona, Italy, which was the inspiration for Thomas Jefferson’s home.

I was even more inspired to visit Monticello after reading America’s First Daughter which is about Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph. While this book is considered historical fiction, much of the book was based on Thomas Jefferson’s letters. Its an enthralling read – one I couldn’t put down. If you haven’t read it, pick it up for a glimpse at how it might have been during an amazing era in American history.

Below are a few of my snapshots from Monticello.

Bronze Sculpture of Thomas Jefferson | Monticello | Charlottesville, VA
Bronze Sculpture of Thomas Jefferson
Monticello | Charlottesville, VA
Front Entrance of Monticello

A Huge Tree at Monticello | Charlottesville, VA

Wine Cellar | Monticello | Charlottesville, VA
Wine Cellar
Monticello | Charlottesville, VA
Monticello Rotunda (On the back of the house)
Path near the graveyard | Monticello | Charlottesville, VA
Brick path near the cemetery

If you visit Monticello be forewarned that photos are not allowed inside the home. I was pretty bummed about this, but at least I got a few good shots of the exterior.

Based on the size of the parking lot, this place can get pretty crazy in the summer. However, mid-December was a great time to visit. I’m a big fan of off-season travel!

If you find yourself traveling through Virginia and enjoy exploring history, then please check out Monticello. It is worth the trip.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means that I may receive a commission if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase. I only share products that I believe will be valuable to my readers (most of which I personally use and love). All opinions are my own.

Related Posts

Thirty Days of Thanksgiving | Day 3 This photo of the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, CA was taken during a Farmers' Market photowalk class with Rick Sammon during the California Pho...
Sun-Kissed Sedona I wish I was a morning person. One of the few things that can get me out of bed at zero-dark-thirty is a photo shoot. During my Sedona vacation my mo...
The Glorious Twists & Turns of Highway 1 Highway 1 on the west coast of the United States is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world. It runs mostly along bluffs and beaches...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.