The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a 129-foot tall marble structure in the style of classical revival architecture. It is built out of white Imperial Danby marble from Vermont. The memorial houses a 19-foot tall marble statue of Thomas Jefferson. Construction began on December 15, 1938, and the cornerstone was laid on November 15, 1939. The Jefferson Memorial was officially dedicated by President Roosevelt on April 13, 1943, the 200th anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday. At that time, the bronze statue had not yet been finished. Due to material shortages during World War II, the finished bronze statue was not installed until 1947.
Thomas Jefferson is considered one of the most important figures in United States history. Thomas Jefferson was a spokesman for democracy, an American Founding Father, Statesman/ Diplomat, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). Visit the White House’s official biography of Lincoln in order to learn more about his presidency and life.
THE NATIONAL MALL
The Jefferson Memorial sits at the south end of the National Mall, looking directly across the reflecting pool to the White House. The National Mall is a large grassy field that is home to the White House, Capitol Hill, and many other great national and historic monuments. Because of this, the National Mall is one of the top things to do in Washington D.C. and is the most highly-trafficked national park in America.
To see a map of the National Mall and learn about the sites there click here.
TAKE A FREE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL TOUR
Join a park ranger at the Jefferson Memorial to explore the memorial and learn about the art and symbols inside.
These National Parks Service tours meet weekly at the Jefferson Memorial Steps. The day of the week changes each week so be sure to check the National Parks Service Calendar of Events to confirm that a tour will be running the day of your visit.
The tours typically start at 2:00 PM.
GETTING AROUND THE NATIONAL MALL
The National Mall spans nearly two miles from the Lincoln Memorial to the steps of Capitol Hill. A great option to quickly visit the surrounding monuments and memorials is the DC Circulator bus. Fares are $1, or 50¢ for eligible senior/disabled discounts. Kids under 5 years old ride free. The DC Circulator bus line also connects to nearby metro stations. You can view a detailed breakdown of routes and schedules here.
There are a lot of really great neighborhoods to eat at and explore within walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial, such as Downtown and Foggy Bottom. If you have half an hour the Georgetown Waterfront Park is a great addition to any afternoon adventure. Featuring a walking path as well as a bike lane you can take a picturesque walk by the Potomac River. Start at the Lincoln Memorial and head into Georgetown. Along this path, you will also pass the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The center has a free event at their Millenium Stage every night at 6 PM. To see a full schedule of current concerts and events click here.
LODGING WHILE IN WASHINGTON D.C.
We hope to have been able to help in planning your Washington D.C. itinerary. We hope to see you here with us at American Guest House, a bed and breakfast in Washington D.C. conveniently located a 12-minute drive from the Lincoln Memorial and a 10-minute walk to major food, culture, and local transport hub, Dupont Circle.