Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia




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Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

I picked up Jefferson back in 1996 when the Georgia College Bowl team played an event at UVA. While pictures of the trip exist, selfies weren't a major thing back then (in fact, the word didn't exist!), so when I went to pick up Madison (who I never saw), I figure I'd get Jefferson for good measure (something that will be happening a lot for a while to play catch-up). For starters, the Monticello site has changed dramatically since I was last there: there's a brand new visitors' center with shops and such that blends nicely with the woods around it. Also, there's new work around the house to recreate what the site truly looked like when Jefferson was alive.


Once again, I feared the weather would foil things. It rained slightly as I moved down the hill from the house to the gravesite (where many relatives are buried...with the exception of a few that, while existed, weren't officially family until the 1990s. Yes, I'm looking at you Sally Hemmings' descendants). However, it stopped raining enough to get the shot. While selfies happen all over the place, I still feel self-conscious about doing them, especially at places like this. There were people around and I try to shot when there aren't that many (if none at all) because, let's face it, it's rare to nail the selfie in one shot. This one....one and one done in time to trudge back up the hill to tour the house (unbeknownst to me, the shuttle stops at the gravesite. Sigh. I swear that didn't happen in 1996.).


What can be said about Jefferson that hasn't already been written about? Exactly, not much. He didn't like the Presidency and left that one thing about him off the tombstone (the three things he did put on it: Author of the Declaration of Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Father of the University of Virginia).


One thing about Monticello that I never knew the first time I visited: you can see UVA from the house. Here's proof

Trust me, it's there. You can sort of see the famed Rotunda from this spot. Jefferson would stand here (think about that for a moment, you're standing where JEFFERSON was) and view the building of UVA with his telescope. If he saw something he didn't like, he'd dispatch a rider to left the builders know. If Jefferson showed up, you know thi ngs were bad.

http://www.monticello.org/ (Jefferson's home)

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ (Library of Congress' collection of Jefferson's papers)

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-dark-side-of-thomas-jefferson-35976004/ (The Dark Side of Jefferson)

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/10/henry_wiencek_s_the_master_of_the_mountain_thomas_jefferson_biography_debunked.html (Why does this guy not like Jefferson?)