"Travelling is good for your health and necessary for your amusement""

Thomas Jefferson, 1788

Early Travels ... In Europe ... As Secretary of State, Vice President & President ... In Retirement

Q & A: Thomas Jefferson and Travel

While Thomas Jefferson spent the majority of his life in Virginia, he traveled far more—both domestically and internationally—than the average person in early America.
In this recorded Q&A, Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, discusses his various trips, his fastidious record-keeping during travel, and what he learned from those experiences. Watch

Early Travels

In Europe

"Behold me at length on the vaunted scene of Europe!"

Thomas Jefferson, 1785


As Secretary of State, Vice President & President


In Retirement

"I leave this within a week for my occasional home at Poplar forest near Lynchburg"

Thomas Jefferson, 1819

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