Thomas Jefferson's beloved home—Monticello in Charlottesville, Va.—wasn't kept up for years following his death in 1826, in part due to the massive debt the founding father left behind. The story of Monticello's uncertainty following Jefferson's death is an example of how national treasures often fall into danger when they enter the private real estate market.

Unlike other historically significant homes, Monticello's story has a happy ending. The process of saving Jefferson's haven has involved restoring it and opening it up to the public, with new facilities for research and education. Read More