June 8, 2012

Look3: Day 1 - Monticello, Mr. Jefferson's home

View from path above Mulberry Row. In the 1770's, Jefferson planted Mulberry trees along this stretch. In their shade, enslaved, free, and indentured workers and craftsmen loved and worked in a small stone fram, and log building.

On our trip to LOOK3: Festival of the Photograph we took a side venture to a "piece of American History", I called it that and got a few laughs from my party. The house was very interesting but we had very limited mobility, were shown only three rooms, and there were 20 some people on our tour so it was very crowded.

Our guide told us this was the view from on the back of the nickel. She said it in her best, 1st grade teacher voice.

Also it was $24 a person to enter the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. I guess we could say we owe it to him so we'll let it go. The innovations utilized by the home were very impressive. No wasted space and the use of light was very impressive. Jefferson was in love with French architecture and it is very apparent throughout the home.

A leader in the Enlightenment, Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages and was deeply interested in science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy, interests that led him to the founding of the University of Virginia after his presidency. He designed his own large mansion on a 5,000 acre plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he named Monticello. While not an orator, he was an indefatigable letter writer and corresponded with many influential people in America and Europe.

Hipstamatic take of the grounds. No photos were allowed to be taken in the house?

For Danielle and I the real treat was the gardens, that terraced down the hills adjacent to the house.

All manner of vegetation was growing in the stretch overlooking the countryside. Cabbage, Artichoke, Asparagus, Lavender, Tomatoes and Radishes.

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