The Heritage Harvest Festival offers a host of fun and educational activities for young explorers and their families. Pick up a Harvest Explorers Passport and collect passport stamps from family-friendly activity centers. Collect at least four stamps to claim a prize!
Come by and visit adorable farm animals, from fluffy sheep to clucking chickens.
Flowers, veggies, butterflies, or bees, what will you choose for your Festival face?
The Discovery Tent
Fun and educational activities all day for the young and young at heart. Enjoy arts and craft projects and demonstrations that enliven our natural and agricultural heritage. A variety of local and regional nonprofit organizations will provide interactive opportunities.
Hunt for artifacts in a “dishpan” dig and play a mystery artifact game. Talk to Monticello archaeologists and watch them excavate, weather permitting, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Monticello Historic Children’s Games
Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren as you roll hoops on Monticello’s West Lawn.
Your taste buds will tingle with all the fun foods to try. Don’t miss the tomatoes and melons at the Tasting Tent as well as the historic chocolate demonstrations and tastings.
Monticello Archaeology Site Tours
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Join Monticello archaeologists for a tour of the joiners’ shop excavation on Mulberry Row. Recently found artifacts will be available for viewing.
11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Take part in a 200-year-old tradition as you run a footrace on the West Lawn, just like Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren used to.
Meet Thomas Jefferson
11:15 am & 2:15 pm
Meet your host, Thomas Jefferson, and shake the hand of the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, as portrayed by costumed interpreter Bill Barker.