I am wondering about the use of chestnut lumber in the actual construction of Monticello. In 1783, Jefferson created a work order for using chestnut lumber in everything from the West Portico columns to window and door sills. I have also read that the East Portico columns are made of wood and that they may have originally been chestnut. Perhaps chestnut timbers were used temporarily during the construction of Monticello and then removed later as final work was completed. Could you please tell me if any chestnut timbers were used in building the "original" 1809 structure? Thanks you in advance for your response!!!!
Donald Davis, Governmental Affairs, The American Chestnut Foundation