Historical Highway Marker
Virginia Landmarks Register
September 9, 1969
National Register of Historic Places
October 15, 1966
National Historic Landmark
December 19, 1960
World Heritage List
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson until his death on July 4, 1826. Jefferson viewed with pride his writing abilities and accomplishments, as evidenced by his self-penned epitaph, which listed first the fact that he authored the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, as well as his being the Father of the University of Virginia. He did not acknowledge his presidency in the inscription. Monticello is open to the public.
TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"Three miles to the southeast. Thomas Jefferson began the house in 1770 and finished it in 1802. He brought his bride to it in 1772. Lafayette visited it in 1825. Jefferson spent his last years there and died there, July 4, 1826. His tomb is there. The place was raided by British cavalry, June 4, 1781"
TEXT OF ENTRY IN VIRGINIA LANDMARKS REGISTER
"Reflecting the genius and versatility of its creator, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is a monument to a scrupulous interest in architecture, landscaping, agriculture, and domestic comforts. The remarkable house, one of America 's most famous, is filled with ingenious devices and mementos of this revered founding father. Jefferson began his dwelling on the “Little Mountain” after leveling the top in 1768. He worked on it for over forty years, altering and enlarging it as his taste developed, calling it “my essay in architecture.” Before 1795 the house had a Palladian-influenced tripartite form with two-level porticos. When an extensive revision was finished in 1809, it had become a twenty-one-room amalgam of Roman, Palladian, and French architectural ideals, a unique statement by one of history's great individuals. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation has maintained Monticello as a place of pilgrimage for millions since 1923."