Presidents Day At Monticello

February 20, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Happy Presidents Day everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. Today in celebration of Presidents Day we are going to take a look at Monticello, the home of our nation’s third President, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson began designing then building Monticello when he was 26 years old, on land he inherited after the death of his father, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally the land was a 5,000-acre plantation where Jefferson raised tobacco and mixed crops, later dropping the tobacco and raising wheat. Of course, there is controversy about Jefferson and his Virginia home because he used slave labor to build the house as well as farm the land. The house Thomas Jefferson designed and built is one of neoclassical design, inspired by Italian architect Andrea Palladio, the house is built at the top of an 850-foot peak and the name Monticello translates to Little Mount. Today the home is known for the wonderful view, the dome atop the building and being home to several of Jefferson’s own “inventions.” I’ve only been to Monticello once, after I graduated high school my class took our senior trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, Monticello was on our list of sites to see and to this day remains one of my favorites. I definitely want to go back as I know now I would appreciate Monticello more than I did at 18, for now, join me for a look at photos from Monticello as we tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

The Monticello floorplan. 

The Entrance Hall, you can see a portrait of Jefferson on the far left side. I love the green floor in this room. 

As we can see Jefferson was a fan of color, above we have the beautiful blue used in the South Square Room…

…and in the Dining Room we have walls covered in this rich yellow, reminds me of egg yolks. 

The Parlor is a large room on the back of Monticello, here Jefferson could entertain large numbers of people. The room also has a wonderful view out onto the sprawling lawn behind the house. 

The Tea Room is a smaller room set up for dining and afternoon tea. As you may have noticed President Jefferson had an affinity for busts of the men he worked with on building our country, he collected the statues and displayed them throughout Monticello. 

Jefferson was an avid reader and known to have the finest personal library in the country. In 1814 Jefferson offered his personal library to the country to replace what had been destroyed by the British in the War of 1812. That donation by Jefferson was the beginning of today’s Library of Congress. 

This is Jefferson’s Cabinet/Office and is right off of his bedroom. Today the room still houses several of Jefferson’s personal treasures. 

I have never forgotten Jefferson’s bedroom, I love the idea of where he put his bed. It’s placed in an alcove between the bedroom and his office and open on both sides. This way of Jefferson thought of something he wanted to work on or write down while sleeping he could roll out of bed and be in his office, it also helped cut down on drafts blowing over the bed. 

The Madison Room also has a bed encased in the walls, remember rooms were only heated by fireplaces. 

Of course, Monticello is famous for its dome, here we have a look inside the iconic Dome Room. 

An aerial view of Jefferson’s Monticello. (via)

Words are my own.
Unless otherwise noted
all images are courtesy of
the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
& Monticello.

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2 comments

  • Sharon Cullison

    I’ve visited there three times Absolutely beautiful house and amazing setting I was always taken by how small/short the beds were. Jefferson was a tall man

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