Campaign priority

Preserving the House

Campaign priority

Preserving the House

Monticello is an American icon—the only private residence in the country designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year, nearly half a million people make the pilgrimage to the mountaintop to experience Jefferson’s world firsthand, drawn by the power of his ideas and the enduring relevance of his legacy.

Since 1923, the Foundation has been working project-by-project to authentically restore the House and landscape. Monticello is a work in progress, just as it was in Jefferson’s time.

Ongoing restoration and vigilant maintenance are required to protect this historic treasure—and its lessons—in perpetuity.

Research drives the Foundation’s efforts to reveal Monticello to our visitors.

Nearly two centuries after Jefferson’s death, we are still making discoveries about the historic fabric of the House and its architectural features. The main-floor rooms, arguably the most important interiors in America, were even more colorful and complex in Jefferson’s time—and campaign support has enabled the restoration of Jefferson’s private suite. The restoration and interpretation of private family spaces on the upper floors—including the Nursery and Martha Jefferson Randolph’s Room—have also dramatically expanded the visitor experience, as have the newly restored North and South Wings.

With your support, Monticello has declared victory on a transformational phase of restoration—perhaps the most significant in our history.

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“…architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements.” —Thomas Jefferson,
as told by Margaret Bayard Smith, 1824


The restoration and interpretation of Jefferson's private suite The restoration and interpretation of the upper floors of the House Endowment support for preservation

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