Thomas Jefferson’s Friends and Foes at Laurel Hill



Laurel Hill East

Adopted sons, signers of the Declaration, painters, sculptors, men of science, famous physicians, pariahs of the free press, purveyors of fine wine, and, of course, political provokers both friend and foe: all recognized by Thomas Jefferson as luminaries in our nation’s early “Constellation of Worthies.” They now rest peacefully at Laurel Hill East; but their stories refuse to conform to those tenets, boldly demanding to be told. This walking tour will be led by Bill Barker, Thomas Jefferson scholar and interpreter, who currently portrays Jefferson at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, after 27 years at Colonial Williamsburg.

Tour Guide: Bill Barker


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.