Jefferson’s Tufton Farm: Strong Roots. New Growth.

Thursday, Sept. 20th: 10 am - 1 pm Tufton Farm


Join us for an exclusive event at Thomas Jefferson’s  Tufton Farm.

The morning begins with a behind-the-scenes walking tour conducted by Monticello’s Research Archaeologist, Derek Wheeler, and Manager of Farm and Nursery Operations, Keith Nevison. Take a journey through Tufton’s productive past, and be among the first to learn about Monticello’s plans to restore farming to Tufton through the launch of a demonstration site showcasing innovative approaches to farming and experimental agriculture.

Following the tour, join our celebrated garden staff for exclusive tastings and conversations featuring:

  • Heirloom fruits and vegetables from the Monticello Gardens
  • Monticello jam and jelly
  • Monticello honey with Paul Legrand, beekeeper
  • Wine sampling with Gabriele Rausse (Rausse Winery), Monticello’s director of gardens and grounds

Participants will enjoy the preservation display gardens of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and find their favorite seeds, books, plants and more for sale in the nursery.

The day concludes with a delicious lunch inspired by our gardens.

Guests receive a selection of Tufton treats on departure.

Please come prepared with sturdy walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather. Event is rain or shine.

Tufton Farm
1293 Tufton Farm
Charlottesville, VA 22902


For Tufton Farm and the Center for Historic Plants, go 1.3 miles east of Monticello on the Thomas Jefferson Parkway (Rt. 53). Take a left on Milton Rd (Rt. 732), just before the old Simeon store at a sharp right curve, and proceed .6 mile to Tufton entrance on the left. Follow the driveway and park in the designated field straight ahead.

Keith Nevison

Manager of Farm and Nursery Operations at Monticello
Keith Nevison

Keith Nevison serves as manager of farm and nursery operations for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. In this role, he oversees a thriving nursery business at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and is working to successfully launch a 21st century center for innovative farming, which aims to engage a broad audience in discussions on food, public health and sustainable agricultural issues. He earned his Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware through the Longwood Graduate Program and his Bachelor of Science cum laude in Environmental Studies from Portland State University in Oregon. For more than a decade, Nevison’s work has included organic food production, ornamental horticulture, landscape design and ecological restoration. His passion for environmental restoration led him to serve as board secretary and Student Guild representative for the Society for Ecological Restoration’s Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic chapters. In addition, he is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist, an FFT2 certified wildland firefighter, and holds certifications as a Master Naturalist and Master Composter.

Derek Wheeler

Research Archaeologist at Monticello
Derek Wheeler

In 1996, Derek Wheeler joined Monticello in the Department of Archaeology. As a part of the Department’s goal of understanding Monticello as both a house and a plantation, Wheeler’s research interests lie in both documenting the location of where people lived and worked through archaeological survey and plotting Jefferson’s maps and surveys onto modern topographic maps. Wheeler graduated with a degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and received his masters in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Virginia in 1996.