This annual event, truly a unique opportunity to explore the essence of the apple, has been among our most popular programs. Supermarkets today provide only a limited sample of the thousands of apple varieties once available to 19th-century fruit lovers.
How would we describe the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello? We asked our amazing presenters. "Inspirational." "A place of culinary memory." "A perfect day." Don't forget to join us next year for the 12th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival on September 22, 2018!
Jefferson was Monticello's architect. But many of its finest architectural features -- including this lovely Elliptical Arch in Monticello's Library -- were realized by two highly skilled joiners, James Dinsmore, a hired worker, and John Hemmings, who was enslaved at Monticello.
Keeping the Monticello mountain supplied with fresh water was a constant struggle. Guides Charles Morrill and Grace Klonoski describe the various solutions Jefferson employed to collect and store water as well as the recreation of a period water pump for one of the house's cisterns.