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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 (...More >>
"Cardinal," Mark Catesby
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. I stepped outside to see what was going on, and the cause of the...More >>
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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...More >>
This eerie picture is from one of my favorite memories of working at Monticello, when we were just starting the Monticello Explorer in late 2003. To clarify, it’s not an actual photograph, in the sense that most of us are familiar. It’s an image created from laser scans taken for us by a company...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...More >>
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. Introduction From...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...More >>
Details The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf, Knopf, 2009, 356 pages, hardcover; Vintage Books, 2010, softcover. Purchase The Brother Gardeners Founding Gardeners Brief Description Tells the story of amateur and professional botanists, gardeners, and...More >>
Details Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein, Oxford University Press, 2003, 288 pages. Purchase Thomas Jefferson Brief Description In Thomas Jefferson , Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein deftly synthesizes the...More >>
Cover of Flight from Monticello by Michael Kranish
Details Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War by Michael Kranish, Oxford University Press, USA, Hardback, 388 pages, 22 illustrations. Purchase Flight from Monticello Brief Description Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War details Thomas Jefferson's actions during the...More >>

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