Image credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Laurence Bartone, Bartone PhotographyCopyright © Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
The Tea Room is where I picture Jefferson's later-in-life family gathering. One of the very fun projects I have worked on at Monticello is research into what dishes would have been in use here during Jefferson's lifetime. Curator Elizabeth Chew and I discovered that there would have been a combination of European porcelains and much less expensive refined earthenwares. This research is reflected in the current display of this room.