March 30, 2016: Upon exiting Shenandoah National Park we made our way to Blue Mountain Brewery for a very late lunch. We had two appetizer plates and a beer before continuing on to Monticello – the home of Thomas Jefferson (and a World Heritage Site).
We arrived in time to catch a tour at 5:30pm. It was a brief (40 minute) tour of the first floor of the home for $25 per person. The tour guide focused on sharing information about Jefferson’s family and home life, opposed to his presidency. Jefferson was self-taught in many scientific disciplines and designed the entirety of Monticello on his own. This even includes the many clocks present in the home. Another interesting point was his passion for freedom of religion.
After finishing the tour of the home we had a quick walk, on our own, through the lower level and some of the grounds. We viewed the wine cellar, kitchen, and storage areas as well as the blacksmith building and other skilled labor areas. Overall, it was nice to do and see something a bit different.
Before settling in for the night we visited Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Charlottesville and sampled a flight of beers.
TIP: If camping isn’t your style, check out other accommodation options in Charlottesville, Virginia.