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Textile Factory

Thomas Jefferson created a textile "factory" near the Rivanna River. In September 1811, Jefferson hired William Maclure to build spinning and weaving equipment and to train his slaves in its use.

Letter: A Granddaughter's Silkworms

During Thomas Jefferson's retirement years (1809-1826), most of the eleven surviving children of his daughter Martha spent the bulk of their time with him at Monticello.

Nance Hemings

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 [1]. 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.


The Monticello collection includes many items of clothing that belonged to Thomas Jefferson and other family members. Among the most interesting items is a red silk under waistcoat believed to have been Jefferson's.