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Take a day trip to the home of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings on Saturday, September 22 for Monticello’s 12th annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. Be among the first to see the newly opened exhibits that spotlight and honor Hemings’ life and contributions and those of other African-Americans enslaved at Monticello.

Event Schedule

  • 5:15 AM - Registration opens at the Harvey B. Gantt Center
  • 5:45 AM - Bus departs for Monticello, drive to Charlottesville, Heritage and Harvest Festival, all meals
  • 10:30 PM - Bus arrives back at the Harvey B. Gantt Center

Participants are encouraged to park at the Levine Center for the Arts parking garage, accessible from the Duke Energy building. The parking garage is located at 101 W. Stonewall Street in Uptown Charlotte, across from the Gantt Center.

The Monticello Day Trip will take place, rain or shine. No refunds. 

2017 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

“What an extraordinary opportunity to share our on-going work, curating stories from descendants of Monticello’s enslaved community with Charlotte and the Gantt Center. Earlier this summer, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project with the largest reunion of Monticello’s descendants in modern history. We also opened new exhibitions, including 'The Life of Sally Hemings,’ located in the room likely occupied by Hemings and her children, the ‘Hemings/Grainger Kitchen’ where brothers James and Peter Hemings prepared Jefferson’s French-influenced meals, and an exhibit devoted to Getting Word ;featuring descendants of the enslaved. We are thrilled to bring these remarkable stories to the Gantt Center.”

Gayle White and Niya Bates, lifting up stories of African American life at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello


The Harvey B. Gantt Center is a proud partner with Duke Energy in presenting our 2018-2019 Heritage & History series. This program series features nationally noted artists and scholars who are preserving Black culture through an array of disciplines and media. In hosting each culture keeper, the Gantt Center invites public participation in special events and experiences that illuminate important stories and engage audiences.

Forthcoming commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in Virginia in 1619, along with the Broadway sensation Hamilton and latest revelations about Sally Hemings’ family and life at Monticello, have heightened public interest in the earliest days of America. Timely in its focus, this series honors the lives, stories and influence of Black people who helped create our country.

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