Jefferson’s Tombstone

After the tours, stop by Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone in the Jefferson family cemetery. Erected in 1833, the tombstone gradually deteriorated. In 1882 Congress passed a joint resolution to replace the granite monument of the beloved former president. Today, the Monticello Association, a community of Thomas Jefferson’s lineal descendants, own the Monticello Graveyard. The association maintains the upkeep of the cemetery but allows for a rustic atmosphere. The cemetery also contains family members of Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, Jefferson’s wife.

Guests can visit the cemetery as a pitstop on the Saunders-Monticello Trail or on their way back to the visitor center. Learn more about the Saunders-Monticello Trail

With all of Jefferson’s accomplishments, he chose to highlight only three testimonials he wished people to remember him by. These were “Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” Although his decision to omit third President of the United States reveals his modesty, Jefferson considered these three accomplishments most profound. In doing so, Jefferson highlighted his dedication to his country and his passion for education. Thus, we remember Thomas Jefferson today as not merely a politician, but a patriot, scholar, and leader.

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