As the winter cold settles in, we have opened this year, in part of our Mountaintop Shop, a comfort station with some interesting items for visitors to interact with and explore. In their hunt for additional items to populate that space, the managers responsible decided that this reproduction (above) of the Houdon Bust of Thomas Jefferson be placed up in the comfort station area. more »
A few years ago I was going about my business in the Museum Shop when I noticed a small crowd of visitors just outside, all gazing upward, snapping pictures, and exclaiming excitedly over something just beyond my field of vision.more »
When Thomas Jefferson was seventy-four years old and had been retired from Washington for seven years, he mused in a letter to William Short on 5 May 1816 that “when the world imagines I have nothing to do, I am in a state of as heavy drudgery as any office of my life ever subjected me to. from sunrise till noon I am chained to the writing table.”more »
I am always interested in and often entertained by some of the ways I’ve seen Jefferson and other “Founding Fathers” portrayed.
I don’t actually collect postcards. I know that a lot of people do, so please forgive my ignorance on this front. It’s just that I do occasionally run across one that I can’t resist, like this one:
In 2009, members of the Monticello Archaeology staff teamed up with zoological archaeologist Joanne Bowen from Colonial Williamsburg to present a collaborative academic poster at the Society for American Archaeology annual conference. The following is a summary of that research.more »
In his Autobiography, Jefferson wrote:
The tradition in my father’s family was that their ancestor came to this country from Wales, and from near the mountain of Snowdon, the highest in Gr. Br. I noted once a case from Wales in the law reports where a person of our name was either pl. or def. and one of the same name was Secretary to the Virginia company. These are the only instances in which I have met with the name in that country.