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n. wash house

ca. 1790–ca. 1809

Animated 3D model showing what the Wash House on Mulberry Row at Monticello may have looked like based on physical evidence and historical examples. 3D model by RenderSphere, LLC.

<strong>n. wash house</strong>, description and site location on Jefferson’s Mutual Assurance plat, 1796.

Built around 1790, this structure was “16 ½ f. of wood, the chimney also wood, the floor earth” and served as the laundry for Jefferson’s household.  Ursula Granger, an enslaved “pastry cook and washer-woman,” likely performed the laundry duties in this building.  By 1809, the wash house moved to the newly completed dependencies in the South Terrace wing. 


Cook, Dairymaid, Laundress, Nursemaid

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