Thursday, July 10, 2014
With everything going on around here I never got to finish telling you about my trip to Virginia.
So, here's a little more.
It was a good trip, despite being sick while I was there. One of the amazing things we did was visit the home of the nation's third president, Thomas Jefferson.
You may remember me telling you that I'm a history nerd... Yep, here comes the lesson.
The home, known as Monticello, was designed by Jefferson and begun when he was only 26. He was a politician, inventor, archaeologist, teacher, architect and the list goes on. He was a brilliant man, but not without his faults. He lived his life torn between what he knew was right and what he believed was acceptable. Jefferson died in debt, so his precious Monticello was auctioned off after his death. Fortunately, over the years, it was well maintained. It was eventually returned to it's almost original state to become the historical monument we can visit today.
These are shots of the basement kitchen. It connects to the wine cellar, which connects to the upstairs main house with dumbwaiters designed by Jefferson.
AND THIS... this is a revolving door found at the end of the dining room hallway. When I was in college I wrote a paper about the paradox that was Thomas Jefferson. He held slaves as a social norm, but didn't necessarily agree with the practice. Much of the way he lived indicated this. This door is a prime example of that thesis. Slaves could bring food up from the kitchens, but never had to be seen.
Food was placed on the shelves from one side, turned and removed on the other side.
Or maybe he just liked gadgets. lol Who knows?!
I walked through the whole tour waiting to see this. Waiting for the grand reveal and explanation of it's existence. Finally as we were exiting the home, I caught sight of it. It wasn't even part of the tour!! I stepped out of line to touch it. I had to. I was like a three year old with a kitty... I had to PET IT.
And here again, this is the part of the story where my nutcrackers shine through.
It's just a rolling pin and dishtowel, but it's beautiful to me.
A view from the house toward the stables. Monticello means "little mountain" in Italian. The view is just breathtaking, even on an overcast day.
The dining room and the library.. Jefferson's love of and collection of books is legendary. Many of these were actually his, returned in the years after his death.
Me, Tiffany, Wiley and Coty... and Tom J
It was April when we went, but it was so cold and windy it could have been January.
It was so much fun. I can't believe I'd never been before now.
If you ever get the chance to go, please do.
As always, thanks for reading!
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