Campaign priority

Revealing Mulberry Row

Campaign priority

Revealing Mulberry Row

One of the Foundation’s most revelatory projects involves the restoration of Mulberry Row, and the interpretation of the landscape of slavery at Monticello.

During Jefferson’s lifetime, Mulberry Row served as the plantation’s “Main Street”—a hub of industrial activity featuring more than twenty dwellings, workshops, and sheds. Over time, those structures have been lost or repurposed, and today, only two original buildings remain standing.

Our challenge is to reveal this dynamic lost world.

In 2014, the Foundation launched the Mountaintop Project, a transformational initiative to fully restore Monticello—the House and landscape—as Jefferson knew it. Mulberry Row is a critical component of that project; it will to bring to life the stories of the people, enslaved and free, who lived and worked on the 5,000-acre plantation. This initiative promises to enhance our understanding of Monticello and dramatically expand the visitor experience.

Archaeologists and historians have spent more than fifty years uncovering the footprint of plantation life on the mountaintop. Their discoveries are informing the restoration of two remaining Jefferson-era structures, as well as the physical and virtual construction of lost buildings through sophisticated computer modeling. For the first time in its history, the Foundation is undertaking the re-creation of two slave structures on Mulberry Row, presenting an incomparable opportunity to interpret the landscape of slavery at Monticello.

At completion, a restored Mulberry Row will enable access to an important part of Jefferson’s world—and to the stories of Monticello that have yet to be told.

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Funding Opportunities

$500,000—$1,000,000 Name and endow a fund for Getting Word, the oral history project to explore the legacies of African American families at Monticello, and other programs furthering research on Mulberry Row and plantation slavery $800,000 Complete the restoration of the South Dependency - including the South Pavilion, the first building Jefferson constructed on the mountaintop, and a slave quarter where Sally Hemings likely lived $1,000,000 Complete the restoration of the Weavers Cottage, circa 1776, one of two surviving Jefferson-era buildings on Mulberry Row

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