“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


Since 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has worked to restore Monticello, acquire and preserve original plantation lands, and expand educational programs, on and off site. David M. Rubenstein’s leadership support of The Mountaintop Project—the Foundation’s multi-year effort to restore Monticello as Jefferson knew it—accelerated efforts to share a more complete story of all the people—enslaved and free—who lived on the 5,000-acre plantation.

“Monticello is one of our nation’s most important historic and cultural institutions, a critical strand of the rich tapestry that is American history...”


The Mountaintop Project will tell Monticello’s many stories as never before and reveal the landscape of Monticello as Jefferson designed it.

We Hold These Truths: The Campaign for Monticello

All photos courtesy of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

Visit Monticello to see historic changes completed—two recreated structures on Mulberry Row, the reinstatement of two lost original roads (the Kitchen Road and Kitchen Path), and the restoration and furnishing of the upper floors of the house—and witness the next phase of projects underway to restore and interpret north and south dependencies, the stable, the stone “textile workshop,” and rooms inside the house, including Jefferson’s study.

View videos where David comments on Thomas Jefferson, Monticello’s July 4th Celebration & Naturalization Ceremony and Monticello and its restoration.

Thomas Jefferson

Monticello’s July 4th Celebration & Naturalization Ceremony

Monticello and its restoration

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