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.
Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece, Richard Guy Wilson and others, University of Virginia Press, 1993; revised edition 2009, 144 pages, hardcover.more »