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Emilie Johnson

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson took a serious fall in Paris, dislocating and possibly breaking his right wrist. The injury healed slowly, and though he regained use, stiffness and pain in his joint troubled him as he aged. Years later, retired to Monticello and searching for comfort, Jefferson got a...MORE »

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Lucy Midelfort

A previously filled crack in the door surround between the Parlor and Dining Room, before treatment.

During an...MORE »

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Lucy Midelfort

The Restoration Department recently brought in conservator Andy Compton to restore the composition ornament on the Hall fireplace mantel frieze. Composition ornament (or “compo”) is a putty-like material made from chalk, linseed oil, hide glue and pine rosin. When warm, it can be pressed into...MORE »

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Had it not been for the Levy family, Monticello might not exist today. Indeed,...MORE »

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Lucy Midelfort

Begun in 1768, the South Pavilion is the first brick building built on Monticello’s mountaintop, and the first home of Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha after they were married in 1772. It has one particular identifying feature that separates it from other buildings: the roof. Originally...MORE »

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While Jefferson often gets the credit, it was enslaved chefs like James...MORE »

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Monticello's former Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, Bob Self,...MORE »

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With "a greater eye to convenience," Jefferson employed a number of mechanical gadgets at Monticello, including several different types of...MORE »

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On July 3, 1789, just before the storming of the Bastille and two months before he returned to America, Jefferson purchased a number of busts from Houdon. Among these was a...MORE »

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