|Monticello -- Charlottesville, Virginia
|This is the "nickel view" of Monticello from the West Lawn --
go track down a nickel and see for yourself!
|Beneath the main house are the kitchen, wine cellar, and storage areas. Jefferson,
who served as ambassador to France for four years, came to love French wines
and cuisine and became the premier American expert on wines at the time.
|This is Mulberry Row where Jefferson's slaves lived. The "Slavery at Monticello"
tour (included in the $25 entry fee) sheds light on the obvious contradictions
of the drafter of the Declaration of Independence also being a slave owner.
|The tiny cottage to the right is where Jefferson
and his wife lived while Monticello was being built
|Three of the Founding Fathers called Charlottesville home -- Jefferson, Madison,
and Monroe. Jefferson's plantation manor is located just a few miles from downtown.
|Slave quarters on Mulberry Row. A whole family might have lived in this small building. Tour guides didn't
shy away from talking about slavery, and even the charged topic of Sally Hemings was openly addressed.
|The Great Clock sits above the door in the entry hall. On the wall to the right you can see the markings for the days of the week.
A system of weights and pulleys extends through a hole cut in the floor -- so "Saturday" is in the basement! [Not my photos]
|The exterior clock face shows only the hour --
which Jefferson deemed sufficient outdoors
|Jefferson loved his gadgets, like this "polygraph" that let him make copies of his letters, and
this revolving bookstand that let him rotate between five books at a time [Not my photos]
|Jefferson's tombstone never gets around to
mentioning he was the nation's 3rd President!