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Oh, the things you'll create at the Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop!

Offered December 3, 4, 10 & 11 as part of our Holiday Events at Monticello.
Now that's the spirit! The Holiday Classic 5K and Deck the Halls Kids Dash spirit to be exact.

Join us for our 6th annual race tomorrow morning.

And look sharp!

Presented by Optima Health.

Sponsored by the Charlottesville Track Club and Ragged Mountain Running Shop.
"the changes between wet and dry are much more frequent and sudden in Europe than in America. though we have double the rain, it falls in half the time." --Thomas Jefferson to Count de Volney, Feb. 8. 1805

A rainy (but by no means dreary) day at Monticello. The precipitation is much needed and gives the Garden Pavilion a chance to strike a different pose.

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Early bird registration for our annual Holiday Classic 5K ends tonight!

Monticello Holiday Classic 5K | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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Today is #GivingTuesday. Support Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello! Any gift counts. [ Bit.ly Link ]
#QOTD "I have recieved safely the extraordinary rattle of the rattle snake, as also the foliage of the Alleghaney Martagon. a plant of so much beauty & fragrance will be a valuable addition to our flower gardens." --Thomas Jefferson to William Fleming, Nov. 28, 1809.

Pictured is the Turk's-Cap Lily, which Jefferson referred to as the "Alleghaney Martagon."
A wreath and a little morning light to highlight the holiday season at Monticello. Don't forget to join us tomorrow for our Holiday Open House - [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo by Monticello guide, @william.bergen
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Pictured is the back of a t-shirt with "thanks or thank you" in the seven languages* Jefferson knew how to speak or read.

The shirt was designed in 1997 by former Monticello Development Officer, Kevin O'Halloran, to mark the conclusion of "The Jefferson Moment," the Foundation's first major fundraising campaign since it purchased Monticello in the...
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We know. No one is thinking about school right now. But we've got a cool opportunity to bring Monticello to the classroom through electronic field trips via Skype next Tuesday.

(Don't worry, teachers, we'll be offering more.)

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Celebrate the holiday season at Monticello. Special programs include holiday evening tours, an open house on November 27 with Thomas Jefferson, holiday races, tasting events at The Shop, and wreath-making and gingerbread house workshops. Learn more at
Monticello staff contributed $800 and a car load (12 bags) of canned goods and holiday fixings for Community Feast, an annual holiday food drive sponsored by area churches and community groups.

Pictured is Monticello's Community Engagement Officer, Gayle Jessup White presenting the cash donation to Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor, Dr. Lehman Bates II.
What makes our Wreath Workshops so special? One reason is that our gardeners collect much of the material not only from Monticello's grounds but also from the Grounds of the University of Virginia (with permission, of course).

Here's a photo from today's expedition to gather boxwood from Jefferson's own university.

Photo by Monticello's Curator of Gardens, Eleanor Gould.
Gwen Ifill in the Entrance Hall at Monticello in 2007 speaking about "Race, Politics & Democracy."

Ms. Ifill's talk was sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Miller Center of Public Affairs. You can listen to it at [ Bit.ly Link ].
Get a head start on your holiday shopping and join us noon to 4 pm tomorrow.

Watch local artisans, taste artisanal jams and jellies made from vegetables and herbs grown in Monticello's gardens, sample artisan cider and American Heritage Chocolate, and shop handmade wreaths and ornaments created by Monticello gardening staff using greenery from Monticello.

Artisan Day at The Shop at Monticello | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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During a recent three-day run at The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, the cast of Black Angels over Tuskegee took time to visit to Monticello.

"Black Angels" at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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Morning #fog over Charlottesville.
#pepperpickingparty! Our gardeners picked 37 lbs of Cayenne and 150 lbs of sweet peppers yesterday for batch #2 of our awesome Monticello Garden Pepper Jelly!

Photo by Monticello's Curator of Gardens, Eleanor Gould.
Happy #VeteransDay, everyone!

Pictured are Corn Poppies, Papaver rhoes, which were among the earliest plants Jefferson recorded growing in his Garden Book.

This same variety was also among the first flowers to grow in the Northern France and Flanders battlefields after World War I and have become an increasingly recognized symbol of remembrance for those fallen in battle.

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In honor of our nation's veterans, we're offering free admission to all former military service personnel this weekend, starting on Friday.

Admission for active-duty military personnel is free year-round.

Honoring American Veterans | Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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"the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave."

-Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush, October 20, 1820