In the neighborhood? Visit Monticello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Just a few miles from Keswick Hall stands Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home.

Jefferson designed the Roman neoclassic mansion, which is the only house in the U.S. on the U.N.'s World Heritage of sites.

Construction, begun in 1769, was completed in 1784; in 1796, Jefferson undertook a 13-year remodeling and enlargement project. The dome, which was influenced by new architecture he had seen in France, was added in 1800. Monticello, which contains 43 rooms, was completed in 1809, the year Jefferson finished his term as president.

Among the programs planned for early next year is "Jefferson's West: A Lewis and Clark Exposition." Various events will be held from Jan. 14 to 19 at Monticello and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, which Jefferson founded in 1819.

Monticello will launch the national observance of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition on Jan. 18.

Tours of the mansion are scheduled every 15 minutes between 8 a.m.and 5 p.m., seven days a week (except Christmas) and are priced at $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under 6 years old are admitted free. Group tours and discounts are available.

For additional information, contact the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns Monticello, at (434) 984-9822, or visit the Web at www.monticello.org.

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