ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of people took to Monticello on Friday for its Founder’s Day event honoring Thomas Jefferson.

Despite rainy weather, more than a hundred people made it out for the annual Albemarle County tradition.

A ceremony to kick off the event began with the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Army Old Color Guard followed by an address by the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation medal in Citizen Leadership, Sylvia Earle. She spoke highly of Jefferson and his contributions to our country.

Sylvia Earle is the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation medal in Citizen Leadership and spoke at the event.

“He set the foundation of values that have shaped not just this country, but around the world,” Earle said. “That in itself is a life worth living and celebrating.”

People stuck around after the ceremony to tour the historic property and enjoy some birthday cake. Robert Butz said he and his wife Belle have been long-time visitors of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, but this year was their first attending the annual Founder's Day ceremony.

"We've been coming here for 25 years...I love to come for the history," Butz said.

Saturday is Jefferson's official birthday and several tours and events will be going on throughout the day.