In french, 'little mountain'. Overlooking Charlottesville and the University of Virginia is Thomas Jefferson's house upon a hill, Monticello. If it looks familiar, it is. A likeness of the home is on every U.S. Nickel. The home and grounds are a tribute to its owner Thomas Jefferson. An inventor, reader, politician, farmer, horticulturist, and collector. Many of his inventions, books, plants and life's idiosyncrasies are here.