Tufton farm was one of Thomas Jefferson’s quarter farms and borders the Monticello plantation. The land was originally patented by Jefferson’s father, Peter Jefferson, as two separate tracts of 150 acres each, in 1740 and 1755.[1] Thomas Jefferson inherited Tufton as part of his patrimony. The property at Tufton served as agricultural land, providing abundant crops and acting as an important food source for the Monticello plantation. Beginning in 1817, Tufton was managed by Jefferson’s grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph.[2]

At some point in the late eighteenth century, a log cabin was built on the property. Thomas Jefferson Randolph built a stone house in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and a subsequent owner, Thomas Seldon Macon, added a brick addition to the stone structure in the second quarter of the nineteenth century.[3]

Today, Tufton houses the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.

- Alana Speth, 7/10/07

Further Sources


  1. ^ Farm Book, 1774-1824, page 32, by Thomas Jefferson [electronic edition], Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2003). See also Betts, Farm Book, 32.
  2. ^ Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2002), 169.
  3. ^ K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000), 189.