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Scenes from Monticello
GREETINGS from Charlottesville, Virginia!
As you know, we arrived to the east coast as of yesterday morning. And as per my usual - there is no rest for the weary and always a full day ahead of us (especially when touring). So off to Monticello we went!
At the entrance (c)travelincousins.com
The front of Monticello (c)travelincousins.com
After many years of interest, I finally made it to Monticello.
Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who began designing and building Monticello at age 26 after inheriting land from his father.
Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres, with Jefferson using slaves for extensive cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat in response to changing markets.
Due to its architectural and historic significance, the property has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
In 1987 Monticello and the nearby University of Virginia, also designed by Jefferson, were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Credit wiki)
My hair and the flowers match! (c)travelincousins.com
Iconic and on the back of the nickel (c)travelincousins.com
Standing in front of Monticello (c)travelincousins.com
Standing in the shade (c)travelincousins.com
We chose to check out the gift shop and walk around the property prior to taking a tour on the home.
The property has a few gorgeous historic gardens including Flower Gardens, a Fruit Garden and a Vegetable Garden.
Monticello was definitely a botanic laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.
Time to pollinate (c)travelincousins.com
This was a Jumbo Bee happy and busy doing his job (c)travelincousins.com
I loved this view of Monticello (c)travelincousins.com
Butterflies too (c)travelincousins.com
Dave and I (c)travelincousins.com
Side view (c)travelincousins.com
And while we did take the 4:10p tour of the in house interior for a glimpse of the world Jefferson and his family inhabited by going room-by-room, no photographs were permitted.
Our tickets (c)travelincousins.com
VIDEO FROM MONTICELLO
Selfie time (c)travelincousins.com
Jefferson was a fine architect and the home was both functional, innovative and lovely. It was one of the few historic homes that I could actually imagine living in - even today!!
Finally at Monticello (c)travelincousins.com
The wine cellar (c)travelincousins.com
Jefferson also grew 330 vegetable varieties in Monticello's 1000-foot-long garden terrace.
Vegetable gardens (c)travelincousins.com
We had a lovely visit and I was so glad to finally check this one off of my list!
Jefferson's Grave (c)travelincousins.com
Thomas Jefferson was 6'2" (c)travelincousins.com
Thomas Jefferson at a glance
Next up was checking into our hotel and giving the gang a little downtime.
And then it was time to head into Charlotteville's Historic Downtown mall is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country and commonly known as one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation.
Downtown Charlottesville (c)travelincousins.com
We wandered about in search of a postcard. Finding that most of the shops had already closed for the evening by 7p (on a Friday). And had no luck finding Dave a postcard.