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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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Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson Library, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello May 1 – October 31, 2015 Two hundred years ago this week, ten wagons carrying Thomas Jefferson’s personal library set off from his home at Monticello in the Virginia Piedmont on their 125-mile journey to Washington, D.C. Jefferson had sold his...More >>
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Figure 4. Léonie Bell Rose Garden at the Center for Historic Plants; Champneys’ Pink Cluster is the tallest rose on the right side of the image. (Click for a larger image.)
In my family, when it comes to plants named after people, we can't help but speak about them as if they are people too. Someone might ask, "What kind of clematis is that there?" and my mom would answer, "Oh, that's Nelly Moser, she's such a refined and dependable lady." Nelly Moser, the clematis,...More >>
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Gardens
Watch Rep. John Lewis's speech at Monticello and the entire 272nd commemoration of Jefferson's birthday.More >>
An unusually cold and snowy winter has not deterred Monticello's archaeologists in the quest to advance our knowledge of Jefferson's mountaintop. From November through January, our intrepid crew of archaeological field assistants, led by Field Research Manager Crystal Ptacek, explored the North...More >>
Roof being installed on the reconstructed Mulberry Row slave dwelling.
This winter, as part of the exciting multi-year effort to restore Monticello to its appearance in Jefferson’s time, we are recreating a log dwelling that likely once housed members of the enslaved Hemings family. The recreated 12’ x 14’ log quarter is being reconstructed on Mulberry Row, “the main...More >>
Some time ago, while rooting around in the archives (looking for something else, as usual), I came across a newspaper clipping from the Charlottesville Daily Progress from 1966. It seems that NBC had just released its new pronunciation manual , which directed newscasters to pronounce Monticello "...More >>
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David M. Rubenstein was the featured speaker at Monticello’s 52nd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony—the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony held outside of a courtroom in the United States. In this "Monticello Sits Down With..." interview, Rubenstein shares his...More >>
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 >>
The Huffington Post and Southern Living both included the 8th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello to lists of upcoming "buzzworthy" events in the South this Fall. Check out what they had to say about this lively and family-friendly festival: Food and Music Mix It up at These Southern...More >>

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