Time for the December installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife, a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph, kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson.
I love watching guests on tours at Monticello when a clock strikes. Why? The look of surprise, then inevitably, a whisper, “wow, the clock still works,” and even better, “it’s nearly on time.” It makes me wonder: how many people know what goes on inside a museum like Monticello before the doors open to visitors?
Time for another installment of our series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife.
Around 1811, Jefferson wrote a letter to his granddaughter Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, which contained a list of twelve “Canons of Conduct in Life” – rules to live by, in essence. In 1825 he sent the same list, minus two rules, to a baby boy named Thomas Jefferson Smith in response to a request from the child’s father.
If only we could showcase everything! An upcoming exhibition will contain ten panels that investigate the people, buildings, and industries of Mulberry Row. Only dozens of artifacts of many thousands of artifacts recovered by the Monticello Archaeology Department will make it to the display cases. So, how do we choose?
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902