Sunday, April 24, 2011


Thursday was a beautiful day. Just perfect for visiting Monticello. Mid-60's, partly cloudy, slight breeze. And a ton of tourists and children off school on spring break. boo. After getting a not as early as hubs and I would have liked start on our journey to Monticello, we arrived to find the parking lot pretty full - and that should have been a tip off as to the rest of the day. We stopped on our way from the parking lot to look at the African-American Graveyard, then headed up to buy our tickets.

We waited in a not-too-bad line, got ask a few questions about why we were visiting and if we had visited before - then finally got in to purchase our tickets and ... the Behind The Scenes Tour was sold out. Completely sold out!!! The tour we were super excited about and hubs became instantly bummed about not being able to do. And, we bought our tickets at somewhere around 11:00am - they were sold out until 2:50pm for the regular house tour. We bought those tickets. So we had 3+ hours of time to wander around Monticello.

So, we went to watch a short film about Thomas Jefferson. Which was pretty good, and informative, until the last 5 minutes and the picture of Obama. Did he really need to be in the film? No. Not really.

After the film we walked around the museum, looking at all the cool things about TJ and his homestead. We also looked at the bronze plantation scaled replica and took a quick snack break. Then went up to take pictures with the man himself :


Then we boarded the shuttle-bus, and up the mountain we went.
Since we still had plenty of time, we walked the grounds. Toured the Garden, walked Mulberry Row, visited the dependencies, where the kitchen and smoke house and such were. Just waiting for our house tour time to start.

The house tour went pretty well. As well as can go when you're on your like, 5th, house tour of Monticello. The one new thing .... they painted the dinning room. It was once a light blue, and now, a bright yellow color. They had found chips of paint in the yellow color, and had it dated to TJ's time, or something like that. Unfortunately, they don't let you take pictures inside the house. bummer.
All-in-all the day was very fun, and I think everyone enjoyed getting to tour the house. Hubs and I are hoping to go back soon (maybe this fall?) and take the Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the house, and really see everything.

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