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Blog Posts by Emilie Johnson

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


Monticello is most famously known as Thomas Jefferson’s house. However, many people occupied its rooms, including Jefferson’s daughters, grandchildren and slaves. In contrast to Jefferson’s sanctum sanctorum , the second story was a crowded, busy, and feminine space, occupied by women from the crib...More >>
A wood chip by itself is very modest. Small in size, light-weight, it could easily be lost or thrown away. Happily, the wood chip Thomas Jefferson cut from William Shakespeare’s chair during his 1786 trip to Stratford-upon-Avon comes with an explanatory note. "A chip cut from an armed chair in the...More >>
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