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Charlottesville, Virginia
Encountering U.S. History at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Students in the Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School record a profile of a five-foot excavation quadrat at Site 6, a domestic site occupied in the first quarter of the 19th century by enslaved agricultural laborers. Image courtesy of Monticello.

Over several decades, the NEH has supported archaeological research and the development of new exhibitions at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the World Heritage Site, museum, and research institute located in rural Virginia. These grants have had an outsized impact on the local economy as Monticello welcomes nearly 400,000 annual visitors, 93% of whom were from outside of Virginia. Fifty percent of them stayed in a hotel for at least one night, contributing no less than $13.1 million to the local economy.

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