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Monday, January 10, 2011

Explore Monticello with the Monticello Explorer

Recently, while looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled upon the Monticello Explorer on History.com. The Monticello Explorer is a series of virtual tours of Thomas Jefferson's estate. You can explore Jefferson's home and the grounds of his plantation through self-paced tours in the Monticello Explorer. Narrated video tours are also available through the Monticello Explorer. In fact, the narrated video tours are probably the best part of the Monticello Explorer.

Applications for Education
The Monticello Explorer is a great way to learn not only about Thomas Jefferson's home, but also about the man himself. Through the video tours viewers learn about Jefferson's slave holdings, his thoughts about the importance of working efficiently, and his desire to entertain his guests with interesting books and artifacts.