Tuesday, July 16, 2013

You Can't Go to C'ville Without Monticello

Channon told us Monticello, Jefferson's home, was a "Must See".  

Channon is so smart.  The tour of Jefferson's home and land was fascinating.  Within minutes of our delightful guide, Celeste's introduction, Al whispered to me, "I want her job!" 

Trust Channon, Trust me, if you ever make the opportunity you will be very happy you did. 

 Perhaps even more interesting than the house, was the Slavery Tour.   Our guide for that was also superb.

How does a man who wrote our Declaration OWN people?  The slavery history was riveting. 
Has anyone read a good book about Sally Hemings? 
I'd love to know more about this black slave, who had several children with Jefferson.  

The gardens were lovely despite the VIRGINIA heat. 
Oh Thank you Katherine for the fan I wore around my neck all day.  
 These lilies are from my own little garden.  Zach gave them to me for Mother's day at least 5 years ago and they come back glorious yearly.  I LOVE the color.  

Have you been to Monticello?  Do you love American History?  What' tour must I go on in your town?  

(I'd tell you to go on the Chicago Architecture Tour by Riverboat in Chicago.)  


SissySees said...

Oh, I've toured Monticello MANY times... I dare say, probably about 20 times. We went very regularly when I was in grade school, my father took me for their Easter sunrise service most years, and then I had special, private tours as part of the "first due" company for its fire protection...

I love the place and its views and trees, but I don't love the crowds or having to walk through at someone else's pace.

I'll add Sally Hemmings info to the blog post I'm working on now!

Nancy said...

I read a great article on Monticello in the Smithsonian magazine last year or the year before. It included maps and extensive information on the slaves Jefferson owned. You might want to search for the article.

Glad that Al was able to join you and that you had the opportunity to meet Chan.

Love the lilies!

kathy b said...

Nancy I found and read the article. with dismay. SO sad to read of the way the slaves were treated....
it reduces me image of Jefferson....

SapphireBlue said...

I love that place. It's beautiful. That garden is huge!

Katherine said...

I agree Kathy that the treatment of slaves was so sad and inhumane. I've read several books about Jefferson and he was a very complex man. No one in history embodied more of the good and bad qualities of our country's founders than Jefferson. He was a mixed bag!!

What a wonderful trip. And, I'm so glad you got to enjoy it with Al!

Anonymous said...

I have NOT been to Monticello. YET. I will make it there one day.

If you come to MY town, you must take an airboat tour of the St. John's River.

Nancy Kay said...

I was able to visit Monticello once. What a treat. And I would love to make that trip again. I think I would enjoy the history surrounding Jefferson even more. So glad you got this opportunity!

My town, Riverton, is so small, 10,000+ people, that I would probably be your tour guide!

Bridget said...

I have been to Monticello once and loved it!

Hm, well, I think I could keep you busy here in Philadelphia for a while with "must sees" ...

Mereknits said...

I have been to Jefferson's summer home near Lynchburg Va, it is based on Monticello, and it was very beautiful. Really how could he own slaves, writing what he did and love one but not feel she deserved to be equal?

Araignee said...

I am so close but I have never been to Monticello.
If you come to our nation's capital-from Baltimore to Annapolis, the Maryland side has lots to do and see! Just come in the early spring or late fall. It's hot as blazes here in the summer.

Judy S. said...

Haven't been there but would like to! The Underground Tour in Seattle is interesting, and so is the Boeing Company....other stuff, too.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Monticello is on my bucket list. I was fascinated by Jefferson's library collection in DC a few years ago. What an incredible man.

You'd just need to visit our neighborhood, if you visited here. No famous folk or great marks in history... but, lots of good old homes. ;)

I WILL take that tour if I make my way to the Windy City again! thank you. blessings ~ tanna
ps your lilies are BEAUTIFUL! A Mother's Day gift that keeps on giving... gotta love that.

Estella said...

I grew up about 20 minutes away from Monticello and any time we had visitors we went there. I recently revisited it with my mom and my husband and children. Mom and I could practically give the tour from all our previous visits but were pleasantly surprised by the yellow dining room (used to be blue) and how some things were moved around. We also loved the visitors center. It is a MUST see - so is UVa (my alma mater)!

Nicole said...

I want to go to Monticello! I'd love to see the history there.

In my town, the Winchester Mystery House is a must-see. It's especially fun on a flashlight tour, though some of the rooms are most stunning by daylight.

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