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The Monticello House
Monticello’s West Front.
Jefferson, an avid chess player, acquired this set while living in Paris as American minister to France. The red pieces represent Africans, and the white pieces represent Frenchmen.
Jefferson’s walking sticks included one of whalebone, ivory, and gold (top) given to him by his friend Joseph C. Cabell, who, with Jefferson, was instrumental in founding the University of Virginia.
Jefferson bought “table furniture” soon after arriving in Paris in 1784. As American minister to Paris, he outfitted his own house. Jefferson later used at Monticello many of the household goods he acquired in Paris.
James Hemings accompanied Jefferson to Paris in 1784 and learned the art of French cooking. At Monticello, he received his freedom after training his brother Peter. Jefferson favored French cuisine and particularly enjoyed vegetables. From 1789 until Jefferson’s death, the...