Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's Home

Trip Start Sep 10, 2011
Trip End Oct 09, 2011

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monticello is just outside Charlottesville, about 120 miles from Williamsburg.

Jefferson started building Monticello on his 5000 acre plantation in 1768, it is said he never actually finished it as he was constantly making changes.

After 5 years in France, as the 'Minister of the United States' (now Ambassador) to France, he made changes based on what he had seen of french architecture.

Jefferson loved gadgets, we saw the 'dumb waiters' used to bring wine the the dining room, the 'lazy susan' in the dining room wall, the food was loaded on to the 'lazy susan' from the room next to the dining room, then it was rotated; and the dual pens he used for creating 2 copies of a document.

Being a plantation in the 18th century, several generations of slaves worked on the property.

When Jefferson died his daughter, Martha, inherited Monticello. For financial reasons (he had left a huge debt and Martha had her own problems) she sold it to Uriah Levy who, fortunately, restored and maintained the house. Eventually, in 1923, it was purchased by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which operates it as a museum.

We were not allowed to take photos in the house.

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