Public gets peek at TJ’s peak
The only place in America that looks directly down at Monticello will soon open to the public, according to officials with the historic house. Starting May 1, for the first time in history, adults ($12) and children ($6) can ride a shuttle bus up to what has long been known as Brown's Mountain. The 90-minute tours will happen twice a day, at 1pm and 3pm.
Since its $15 million purchase by the trustees of Monticello two years ago, the peak that Thomas Jefferson called Montalto has been off-limits.
"That place is pretty much a ghost town," says Monticello spokesperson Wayne Mogielnicki. For the late 20th century, however, it was inhabited by party-loving law students including future U.S. Senator George Allen
The mountain was nearly the site of America's first piece of abstract cubist architecture, but that design– one of at least three Jefferson penned– never got built on the lofty site visible from his mountain-top mansion.