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Blog Posts by Diane Ehrenpreis

Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.


View of the partially reinstalled N. Passage, note the bedroll in the far right.
People today often forget how flexible rooms were in the past. The North Passage on the 2 nd floor of Monticello is a prime example of multi-functionality. Of course it was a corridor, but it also acted as a storage area, work room, and as sleeping quarters for visitors and enslaved workers. This...More >>
Until recently, the Nursery has been used as a Curatorial storage room
Of all of the 2 nd and 3 rd floor spaces currently undergoing study, restoration, and re-interpretation at Monticello, the Nursery is the most complex as it requires extensive architectural restoration. After Jefferson’s death, Jefferson Monroe Levy, who owned Monticello from 1878-1923, divided the...More >>
Winter at Monticello brings with it a solitary, clear beauty, with vistas that stretch for miles. When the shutters weren’t closed to contain the warmth, family, guests, and enslaved servants might have admired the snowy views out of the numerous large windows, but this pleasure was certainly...More >>

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