Event Series Jun 2011

Mulberry Row: Monticello’s Main Street

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Mulberry Row, adjacent to Monticello (map)
Sat, June 4, 2011, 10:00 am - 4:00 pmSun, June 5, 2011, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reservations: Not required

Discover the sights and sounds of Mulberry Row, Monticello’s main plantation road, during our Mulberry Row: Monticello’s Main Street weekends.  Mulberry Row was the hub of the plantation’s domestic and light manufacturing activities performed largely by Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved African American workers. This four-part series offers a visual and interactive interpretation of Mulberry Row. Held on four weekends from June through October each program offers a different glimpse into life on the plantation. Topics include gardening, crafts, culture and animal husbandry.

June 4-5: African American Gardens and Foodways at Monticello

The garden comes alive with costumed interpreters demonstrating 19th-century cooking techniques and gardening methods. Learn how to use period gardening tools, pull weeds from Jefferson’s garden and help harvest seasonable vegetables by hand. Monticello gardeners share their expertise on seed varieties and how food moved from garden to table during Jefferson’s time. Kids can clean and sort seeds at our Mountaintop Activity Center and plant their own flower to taken home with them. Enjoy stories of plantation community life and join guided tours of Monticello’s gardens and Mulberry Row.



Food is something to which we all relate. Since joining the staff of Monticello, I have been surprised by the similarities and differences in how we think about food and gardening today compared to those who lived at Monticello in Jefferson's era. This weekend's Mulberry Row program is set to be both thought-provoking and enjoyable.

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