We almost passed by Monticello. The cost of admission for the three of us was well above any other activities we have done on this trip, by quite a bit. I tried to convince myself that we could come back anytime and visit then, but it kept calling to me. We were so close and thanks to Hamilton the girls have a particular and current interest and knowledge about Jefferson and his contemporaries. How could I not take the opportunity?
I am so, so glad we went. The weather was perfection and the grounds were spectacular. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and professional and completely charmed by Esme (as was the whole group of retirees we toured the house with). Catherine was fascinated by Jefferson’s collections and adaptations of technology in the house and I was just so happy to have an experience in my mind now to pair with what I know about Jefferson’s life.
We toured the house, walked the grounds and took the Slavery at Monticello tour. We did a drive by of his grave site, watched the site video and took selfies with his statue. It was completely worth the admission fee and I would, dare I say it, be willing to pay it again for another visit in the future.
The whole experience was excellent and both girls and I really learned quite a bit and enjoyed putting our Hamilton references into context. I highly recommend visiting Monticello to everyone, whether you are familiar with Jefferson or not.