Extent of Jefferson's Travels

Thomas Jefferson spent the large majority of his life inside his native Virginia, with brief sojourns at various times to Philadelphia, New England, and Europe. We are often asked whether Thomas Jefferson ever traveled to a given place. Below are the farthest points north, south, east and west that he ever traveled in his lifetime.

North

  • Inside the United States: Chimney Point, Vermont (1791)[1] (44° 2′ 10″ North, 73° 25′ 5″ West)
  • Outside the United States: Birmingham, England (1786) (52°28′59″N 1°53′37″W)[2]

South

  • Inside the United States: Norfolk, Virginia (1789)[3]
  • Outside the United States: On the voyage back from France, Jefferson recorded a latitude of 35° 40' on October 16, 1789.[4]

East

  • Inside the United States: Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1784)[5]
  • Outside the United States: Milan, Italy (1787)[6]

West: Falling Spring Falls, Virginia (37°52'03" N, 79°56'53" W)[7]

Footnotes

  1. MB, 2:820.
  2. MB, 1:619.
  3. MB, 1:747.
  4. MB, 1:747.
  5. MB, 1:553.
  6. MB, 2:663.
  7. MB, 2:1346 (see footnote 89).

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