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Ursula Granger

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Wine bottles could be reused for bottling cider or other foodstuffs. When discovered, this one contained the remains of preserved cherries.

Wine bottle excavated from the dry well at Monticello.
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Stoneware jar for storing food.
Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Ursula Granger managed the Monticello wash house, smoke house, and kitchen, and also served as wet nurse to Thomas and Martha Jefferson’s children. Jefferson reported that she was the only person “who unites trust and skill” for superintending the annual cider bottling.

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