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The Sunflower (Helianus annuus) is in full bloom today at Monticello. Jefferson grew this large and striking flower in September 1771, listing it as one of the “Hardy Perennial flowers” grown on the mountaintop.   Why not add it to your garden?
There are only 82 known copies of “Reports of Cases Determined in the General Court of Virginia from 1730 to 1740 and from 1769 to 1772,” compiled by Thomas Jefferson & printed in Charlottesville in 1829. We're honored to accept this recently discovered copy. Learn more 👇…P
The #WhiteHouse serves many functions, but how is it preserved as a place of history? Explore this question with this NEW lesson, f/t @WhiteHouseHstry's @MattCostelloPhD & @WHhistoryPres, and others from @TJMonticello, @NatlParkService, & @WhiteHouse:….
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Summertime views from the mountaintop. ☀️🍃 Come see it for yourself! Plan your trip
During the #Juneteenth event, “Ascendant: The Power of Descendant Communities to Shape our Stories, Places, and Future,” Peter Cook shared how preserving these sites and protecting them is integral to preserving our history - @TJMonticello and @NBWLA:…
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Have you ever seen lettuce going to seed? Many of the seeds we sell in our shop and online store are collected from the gardens at Monticello. These Tennis Ball Lettuce seeds will soon be ready to harvest! 🌱 Visit us to shop the
Wrapping up week one of the Monticello Teacher Institute by learning from one another - so inspired by these educators. 💛@TeachMonticelloo@TJMonticellooD
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Happy #BastilleDay! Thomas Jefferson considered the French Revolution a sequel to the United States’ struggle for liberty. Learn more in this Q&A with Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, and the Marquis de Lafayette, interpreted by Mark Schneider:
"We have and will continue to present an honest history of all aspects of Monticello and Jefferson’s life and legacy." A statement from Monticello president Leslie Greene Bowman:
Join us on July 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a Q&A with historic interpreter Bill Barker and historian John Ragosta. We'll discuss Marbury v. Madison, its enduring legacy, and how Barker discusses the case when he is “in character” as Thomas Jefferson. Tune in:
Creemos que Thomas Jefferson habría estado orgulloso de que 47 personas convirtieran en #NewUSCitizens en su casa @TJMonticello en #IndependenceDay. Les deseamos que se cumpla en ellos la promesa de Estados Unidos de vida, libertad y la búsqueda de la felicidad. ¡Enhorabuena!
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We think Thomas Jefferson would have been proud as 47 people became #NewUSCitizens at his home @TJMonticello on #IndependenceDay. We wish them the best as they fulfill America’s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Congratulations to all!
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On the Fourth of July, I had the privilege of moving for the admission of 47 new United States citizens at the naturalization ceremony atop @TJMonticello in Charlottesville. Best part of the job. Congratulations to WDVA's newest citizens!
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.@TJMonticello hosted annual Naturalization Ceremony, with 47 people becoming American citizens.…
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Judge Urbanski, the chief judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, leads new citizens in taking the ‘Official Oath.’ Learn more here:
Piedmont Virginia Community College president, Frank Friedman, gives the Keynote speech @TJMonticello’s July 4th Ceremony.   “Over the years too many barriers have been erected in America…”   —Frank Friedman @PiedmontVaCC
The Honorable John Charles Thomas recites the preamble of the Declaration of Independence! Join our livestream at
It’s a beautiful Independence Day @TJMonticello for some folks to become US citizens.
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New citizens gather on the West Portico steps. Don’t forget to join our livestream at 9:00am at
The Charlottesville Band performs before the July 4th Ceremony @TJMonticello Join our livestream at
Monticello is decorated in red, white, and blue in preparation for our 60th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony! Join our livestream at
Tomorrow, as we mark the 246th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, more than 45 new American citizens will take The Oath of Allegiance at Monticello’s 60th annual Naturalization Ceremony. Read more about the oath here:
In 1791, Benjamin Banneker wrote to Jefferson challenging him on the principles in the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson’s continued ownership of enslaved people, something guests today question. As we wrap up #CivicSeason, Guide Kyle Chattleton addresses this paradox.
Join us on July 4 at 9:00 a.m. ET for our 60th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. Our keynote speaker will be @PiedmontVaCC president Frank Friedman. Register to attend at, or join the livestream:
Monticello's 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony turns 60 this year! Over the years, speakers and new citizens have offered words of inspiration, calling back to the ideas of freedom, liberty, & self-government. Check out some highlights:
From Juneteenth to July 4th, we invite you to join in the second annual #CivicSeason. We’re teaming up with @historymadebyus and hundreds of history museums and sites nationwide to launch a new tradition that makes room for all of our stories. Get started:
Welcome to the first in a series of videos highlighting objects in Monticello’s collections. Today's video highlights Jefferson’s filing press and his unique organization system. Come back on the 1st Sat of each month for a new episode of Object Stories!
Join us on Thursday, 6/30, at 1 PM for a live Q&A with Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker. We will talk about about a typical day in the life of Jefferson - including daily activities and how enslaved people made his lifestyle possible.
Looking for some fun with school out? Join us for a scavenger hunt on Saturday June 26th from 1-4pm! We're participating in state-wide scavenger hunts with the Virginia Tourism Council and you can learn more about them here:
We're pleased to announce @PiedmontVaCC president Frank Friedman as the keynote speaker at this year's Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. Sign up to attend this free event in person, or join the livestream at
The enslavement on Mulberry Row tour was amazing! Monticello continues to impress me with how they deal with Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemmings, his views on slavery and his racism, & his pivotal role in the beginnings of our government @TJMonticello @TeachMonticello
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If you missed this event in person @TJMonticello or via live stream, we hope all will take some time today on #juneteenth2022 to view and learn and honor and share! #CivicSeason #Ascendantevent…
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Sharing some images from CSI 22’s visit to @TJMonticello today. Great morning, they made design connections, comparing UVA to Monticello design, were impressed with how slavery is now being incorporated into all tours.
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To the descendants of the human beings buried as property who we remember as people, we honor you and rededicate @TJMonticello to you. Read my remarks this #Juneteenth on realizing the pluralist democracy Mr. Jefferson both impeded and made possible.…
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Powerful Juneteenth event Saturday at @TJMonticello with more than 400 descendants of enslaved people. I interviewed Merwyn Burke and his family who are descendants of Mary Hemings (Sally's sister). Congrats to @gaylejwhite on the event. #juneteenth2022…
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Had the opportunity to spend this weekend at Monticello for the rededication of their enslaved burial ground. It was remarkable to stand on that land alongside descendants of those who were enslaved by Thomas Jefferson and others, and to watch them reclaim the space as their own.
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One of the best #juneteenth weekends I ever spent was June 2018 @TJMonticello it was the unveiling of Sally Hemings new exhibit. I got a first look on behalf of @NBCNews and spent time with TJ descendants @gaylejwhite @MrShannonLanier & Pres. Leslie Greene. #juneteenth2022
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Thankful for @ava @wyntonmarsalis @agordonreed @MelodyCBarnes @AM_Davenport along with Leslie, Tasha, Gary, Gayle, Cinder, Niya Emily, Jenn & everyone who’s dedicated their hearts and hands to bringing this history forward. Healing, lasting, loving stuff. Grateful. #Ascendant
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This Juneteenth - I’m reflecting on progress and change. @TJMonticello convened hundreds of descendants of enslaved people to rededicate a burial ground, and, as brother @darrenwalker said, “carve our ancestors’ epitaphs into negative space.” #Ascendant
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Today’s event @TJMonticello is important and I learned so much from ALL the speakers and panelists, but this panel inspired me most! #CivicSeason #ascendantevent #juneteenth2022 #structuralparity…
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This year’s #Ascendantevent was the most moving occasion I’ve ever been to. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to be a part of this. @TJMonticello
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Just a glorious two days @TJMonticello. Descendants gathering and Juneteenth commemoration. High point? Descendants’ children (Hemingses and others) taking over the West lawn playing with a freedom and abandon that their ancestors could not have as children there.
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My Juneteenth could not possibly have been any better. #Ascendant
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Such a special morning (with beautiful weather!) celebrating #Juneteenth, the Getting Word African American Oral History Project, and the descendant community at @TJMonticello! Closing words from @darrenwalker: “Hope is the oxygen of democracy.”
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I attended Ascendant at @TJMonticello today and WOW! It was amazing. I learned so much and learned I have so much more learning to do! Thank you to all of the speakers.
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“Closing Commentary”— @agordonreed and Clint Smith comment upon the essential work and possibilities that descendant advocacy, authority, and knowledge contribute to America’s history and future. “He Jefferson) was a person…not God and not the Devil…” @agordonreed
.@agordonreed says @TJMonticello’a current iteration can be an example for other institutions to look to for telling complicated truths without hiding part of the story #tjmonticello #ascendantevent
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