There are many interesting clothing items in the Monticello collection that belonged to Thomas Jefferson and other family members. One of the most interesting is a red silk under waistcoat believed to have been Jefferson's.
Nance Hemings, the third daughter of Elizabeth Hemings, worked as a weaver. Jefferson inherited her in 1774 from his father-in-law, John Wayles. When head weaver Bartholomew Kindred came to Monticello in 1776, he supervised and trained Hemings in his craft until his departure in 1783.
In the summer of 1793 Thomas Jefferson was thinking about sheep . He was then living far from his Virginia plantation, on the outskirts of the nation's largest city. Still harnessed to the Department of State, he dreamed daily of retirement from public life and the luxury of complete immersion in the restoration of his long-neglected farms.