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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Now Open To Private Functions

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By Elliott Francis

A former president's estate is opening its historic doors to private functions.

While Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello is not part of the new policy, curators say his library, portions of the Jefferson Visitor Center and other areas are now available for corporate functions.

A spokesperson for the Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the 2,400-acre estate which overlooks Charlottesville, says the new policy is in the Jeffersonian tradition, since the nation's third president was known for his hospitality.

The representative adds although the foundation will limit functions to corporate events, it's possible that Monticello might some day book weddings or wedding receptions.

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