Thursday we took a drive to visit Monticello, the home of
our third President, Thomas Jefferson.
It is also the current home of Gracies' Breeder so we combined our visit with a
fast stop to see him and Gracies' littermate and sister - Lilly.
We felt like VIP's...
Entering the private gate - getting cleared by security to go to
the Monticello Presidents house, and driving into the private sections of the
Thomas Jefferson was a complex individual.
A big proponent of freedom and liberty he wrote the
Declaration of Independence and was also quite an inventor.
This spherical sundial was one of his inventions and was an international
sensation of the era.
No photographs were allowed inside the main living areas of the home.
The plantation was home to Jefferson and his wife as well as approximately
400 slaves. They were freed by his daughter after his death.
Some of the still operating vegetable gardens
The wine cellar
His grave (the obelisk) and those of his direct decendants.
Jefferson wanted not to be remembered as our Third President, but rather
as the Author of the Declaration of Independence and the
founder of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, just
a short distance from Monticello.
The visitor center was quite impressive both in content and construction.
Among the offerings were heirloom plants and flowers.
If you find yourself in the area... a stop is a worthwhile endeavor.
You just might learn something...
and gain a Doodle.