We were told that as a child, Thomas Jefferson frequently climbed the mountain with his friend. When his father who was a surveyor and successful landowner died, he inherited vast lands and decided to build Monticello at the age of 26.
The house was grand befitting a retired president then and one can’t argue how beautiful the mountaintop view. A paragraph in Thomas Jefferson Foundation website summarizes his contribution to the nation as
” . . . . Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.”
While his life as a person, president and slave owner in his plantation is very interesting, his life as a gardener strikes me more even though I skipped the Garden Tour and instead joined the “Slave Tour”. At the end of my tour, I walked down by the “farm” and noticed that they grew a variety of vegetables and fruits. It was said that there were 400 slaves who worked and lived at the ranch so they must have produced everything they needed to feed all that people. Although he was a slave owner, he was generous and benevolent than most, giving them a day off to do whatever they pleased except going out of the safety of the ranch where they could be subjected to cruelties of people who frowned on slaves.
Here are my galleries of photos taken at Monticello.
The flower garden:
365 Project: Day 225