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Until recently, the Nursery has been used as a Curatorial storage room
Of all of the 2 nd and 3 rd floor spaces currently undergoing study, restoration, and re-interpretation at Monticello, the Nursery is the most complex as it requires extensive architectural restoration. After Jefferson’s death, Jefferson Monroe Levy, who owned Monticello from 1878-1923, divided the...More >>
The National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol
This year, the Restoration Department concluded their research into the design of Monticello’s original exterior “Venetian” blinds. The search ultimately led them from Monticello to the U.S. Capitol. Monticello’s current blinds date to the early 20 th century and have reached the end of their...More >>
Thomas Jefferson, a strong advocate of reading, frequently made book recommendations to his children and grandchildren. He sent newspaper clippings along with his letters to them and his suggestions focused on poetry, history, foreign language, and moral and behavioral improvement. Today, in honor...More >>
Aerial of Monticello with labels of historic areas overlaid
"Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements." –Thomas Jefferson (as told by Margaret Bayard Smith) Monticello has always been a work in progress, overflowing with Thomas Jefferson’s brilliance and complexity, his designs and experiments. For nearly a...More >>
Historic artifacts recovered from excavations at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
One of the favourite parts of my job as an archaeological analyst at Monticello is presenting our research to visitors. I love the opportunity to tell the story of those who made Monticello their home hundreds of years ago. Things as simple as broken dishes, lost buttons, and discarded tobacco...More >>
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Early American history is rich with a delicious mixture of traditional dishes and newly discovered foods. Historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, whose table was set, as Daniel Webster famously remarked, “in half Virginia, half French style, in good taste and abundance” are great sources of...More >>
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In October of 2013, the Honorable Lord Paddy Ashdown was the keynote speaker for Diplomacy and Transitioning Governments, a conference co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. Ashdown, a British politician and diplomat, sat...More >>
Signing of Memorandum between the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and National Libra
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library of China for Exhibition in 2015 On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice Premier of China, Madame Liu Yandong, addressed...More >>
Joiners’ shop chimney
At the southwestern end of Mulberry Row, Monticello’s principal plantation street, are the ruins of Jefferson’s ca. 1770 joiners’ shop. The shop was used by Jefferson’s free and enslaved carpenters to produce fine architectural woodwork and furniture until Jefferson’s death in 1826. The building is...More >>
Steve Bender was a featured speaker during the Heritage Harvest Festival's Grand Preview Dinner on September 6, 2013. As Senior Writer at Southern Living Magazine, he has been writing about gardening for nearly 30 years. Monticello sat down with Bender and discussed gardening, southern traditions,...More >>

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