Kid and Family Zone
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!
Travelin’ TJ will be your guide to family fun. Look for him throughout the Festival. You can color in your own Travelin’ TJ and take photos with him around the Festival grounds and in the Monticello gardens. Share your photos by tagging them #HHF2014 on your favorite social media outpost.
Petting Zoo and Heritage Farm Animals
The Teeny Tiny Farm has the best and biggest variety of miniature farm animals, hands down! Come by and visit our adorable and super friendly little critters. Then admire heritage breeds of farm animals from the Frontier Culture Museum and learn about the role of our animal friends, yesterday and today.
Backyard Revolution is a familial celebration of our country’s cultural and agricultural heritage. Explore traditional domestic arts, music, and field arts as you make a cornhusk doll, try your hand at carding wool, create your own musical instrument, and experience blacksmithing, woodworking, log cabin building, and much more!
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.
Harvest Arts and Crafts
Express your creativity while coloring Monticello farm and garden scenes. You can also have your face painted!
Monticello Historic Children’s Games
Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren as you roll hoops on Monticello’s West Lawn.
Genius of Jefferson
Write with a quill pen like Thomas Jefferson and be inspired by the Declaration of Independence. Unlock the mysteries of the heavens with an orrery: a model of the sun, earth, and moon.
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.
Young Pioneers Parade
Please join the first annual Young Pioneers Parade led by a real Fife and Drum Corps!