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As Virginia has once been the capital of the colonial United States of America, it is not surprising that a number of estates here are of great historical value. One great example is the Monticello Estate once owned by Thomas Jefferson, best known for being the 3rd US president, Independence declaration author, and founder of the University of Virginia.

The first Monticello was created in 1768, but it was not after Jefferson got sent to France did he get the inspiration to what the Monticello estate is like today. The 5000-acre property only opened as a museum in the 1920s after it was acquired by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Today, the Monticello Estate features the historic main house built by Thomas Jefferson, historic gardens, as well as a series of outbuildings and slave dwellings called the Mulberry Row.
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