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January 2014 events at Monticello highlight student art and winter wonderlands

This January, Monticello is highlighting student art and the wonder of Virginia forested landscapes in winter, despite recent snows and cold temperatures. Winter months are an ideal (read bargain!) time to visit Monticello for visitors who prefer indoor tours, architectural pursuits and museum exhibits. Crowds are generally smaller, and since the garden lies fallow, and outside activities are hampered by colder weather, general admission fees are slightly reduced.

Meet at the Museum Garden Shop on January 25 for Monticello's Winter Woodlands hike.
Keith R. Donnelly

Mother Nature uses the winter months to rest and prepare for the growth activities of spring. Monticello’s event calendar follows a similar cycle, with fewer activities this month. A general admission ticket, reduced from $25 to $18 in winter months, can be purchased online in advance or at the gate on the day of your visit. (Looking for the regular tours and then some? Use this article, Annual Events at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to help make your future touring plans.)

Besides their regularly offered tours, Monticello offers additional events and activities on a monthly basis. Some events are free and open to the public, and others require a separate admission fee (but do not require the general admission ticket).

This month, Monticello’s Saturdays in the Garden event series is a great way to learn about Mother Nature’s bounty found in each season. There’s even a dusk bird walk designed to listen to the hooting of the owls. If that sounds too cold, Monticello is also hosting its ninth annual My Monticello: An Exhibition of Student Art from over 300 local third grade students, as well as all the regular daily tours at Monticello.

Check out the January 2014 details below and make your reservations today.


On Saturday, Jan 25, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monticello’s Winter Woodlands will take a two-hour walk through the beautiful forest landscapes of Thomas Jefferson’s home. Trees, shrubs, plants and weeds will be identified by their habitat, form, texture and buds. Horticulturalist Jerry Therrien and Monticello staffer Peggy Cornett will lead the walk. Meet at the Museum Shop Garden Center at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center; sturdy shoes are recommended. (Reservations and an $18 ticket are required to attend this event.)

On Thursday, Jan. 30, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the Owl Prowl at Monticello will pair local birder Jerry Therrien with Joe Public for “an evening of listening to the hoots, wails, and shrieks of owls” while also learning about their habitat. This outdoor walk meets at 5:00 p.m. at the Monticello-Saunders Trail; hiking boots, water, flashlights and binoculars are recommended. (Reservations and an $18 ticket are required to attend this event; call 434.984.9800 for more information.)


On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the exhibit My Monticello: An Exhibition of Student Art may be viewed at the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center in The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center complex. Families of art exhibitors will receive FREE passes to tour Thomas Jefferson’s home (non-exhibitors will need to purchase an admission ticket). In its ninth year, the My Monticello project intends to inspire local Charlottesville third graders with the same love Jefferson had for gadgets, design and inventions. (This event is FREE and reservations are not required.)

Open daily during regular Monticello operational hours, The Griffin Discovery Room celebrates touching this and that to educate young minds, 6-12 year olds in particular. Children can use and play with gadgets of the 1800s, connecting with history and learning, through personal experience. The Griffin Discovery Room is part of the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center complex. (Reservations are not required.)


In January 2014, visitors to Monticello can also walk the grounds and tour the home.

Visit Monticello at 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, VA 22902 or phone 434.984.9880 for more information. To plan the timing of your next visit, check out Annual Events at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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