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Girl Scout Day at Jefferson’s Monticello

Liz Marshall

March 24, 2012

Happy 100 Years of Girl Scouting!  Monticello is so pleased to be a part of this landmark celebration.  Our Girl Scout Day was filled with over 150 happy and excited Scouts, Leaders, parents and accompanying siblings.  What Fun!  And what a special opportunity to learn and explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello!  The Scouts also learned that Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low attended the Edgehill School in VA, located very close to Monticello. When teenaged Daisy attended the Edgehill School (1877-1878), her instructors were the great-granddaughters of Thomas Jefferson.

On Girl Scout Day at Monticello, all the Scouts made their very own “Jefferson Journals.” These journals were filled with fun facts and hints for exploring the house and the grounds, and girls could illustrate and pen their reflections.  Every Girl Scout took a special guided tour of Jefferson’s famous house and received an official Monticello Patch.

The tulips were up and blooming and so were many other varieties of plants.  The Scouts learned about herbs and edibles at the Vegetable Garden Station.  Everyone loved digging in the dirt to find and identify objects in the Artifact Sift, and being able to see and touch a real painted buffalo robe in the Lewis & Clark Station was incredible. 

Scouts played colonial games in the carriage bay of Monticello and some Scouts chose to learn about music and dance in our Jefferson-era dance workshop.  The minuet is elegant and refined but Monymusk (a Scottish reel) is just toe-tapping, happy-feet fun!  Monymusk was a money-maker for a former slave when he became a free man and operated his own successful band in Ohio.  Slavery at Monticello tours offered insight into the lives of the enslaved people of the plantation.

Girl Scout Day was an extraordinary experience for everyone!  We hope you join us on Girl School Day next year, when we have more surprises in store for you!  Come join us Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors!

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