Two new exhibitions bring Monticello horse history to life

The Robinson children, young visitors at Monticello, enjoy the new horse exhibits.

More than 40 years in public service, plantation properties scattered across Virginia, an extended family and many friends meant that Thomas Jefferson traveled – a lot – for trips to Washington, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Poplar Forest and Montpelier. Jefferson often drove one of his horse-drawn carriages on such trips, and when he was home, he took daily rides around the Monticello plantation until the year of his death at age 83. “I have found that riding is my remedy,” he wrote in 1803.

Completed this spring, Monticello’s newly restored Stable and North Wing bring to life Jefferson’s lifelong enthusiasm for horses and travel innovations, including his 1802 phaeton. On your next visit, experience a ride around the plantation from Jefferson’s eyes, test out his odometer and discover dynamic stories of Monticello horses and the people who cared for them. Learn more at

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