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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, one of the principal architect/authors of the United States' Declaration of Independence, he was also the third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.

The estate house, which Jefferson himself designed, was based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. It is situated on the summit of an 850-foot-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. The name "Monicello" comes from the Italian "little mountain" and is located in Albemarle county, Virginia.

DIRECTIONS: Monticello, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the Virginia Piedmont about two miles southeast of Charlottesville, Virginia, off of State Rte. 53.

Open daily. Hours 8:00am to 5:00pm March-October, 9:00am to 4:30pm November-February, closed Christmas Day.

For more information please visit www.monticello.org

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Jefferson's Monticellos garden plaque

Located in Albemarle county, Virginia, is the home of the United States' third president, Thomas Jefferson. The plaque pictured commemorates the restoration of his extensive gardens, which were redone in 1940.

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Thomas Jefferson's house in Virginia

Located in Virginia's "horse-country" is Thomas Jefferson's estate Monticello, derived from the Italian word "little mountain" and, not (well, maybe) coincidentally, it's placed atop an 850 foot-high hill. A "little mountain." Photo taken summer of 2009

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Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's residence in Virgina. Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding ...

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Straight-on view of the house Thomas Jefferson built *

Literally. The house, which Jefferson himself designed, was based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. It is situated on the summit of an 260 metre high peak in the Southwest...

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Stinky Flowers

Cleopie - a wonderfully stinky flower. More to come.

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Disambiguation of Monticello

Although known world-wide as the House that Jefferson built, Monticello is also the name of towns all over the Unites States, several communal villages in Italy, and even a commune of the Haute-Corse département in France.

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Monticello is bigger than it looks (Virginia, Mid-Atlantic coast, USA)

There are a total of forty-three rooms in the entire structure (house including dependencies): thirty-three in the house itself (cellar, twelve; first floor, eleven; second floor, six; third floor, four); four in the pavilions; and six under the South...

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Fuzzy Goodness

A flower outside Monticello in the summer. Even non-horticulturists will notice the texture of this flower appears similar to a combination of velvet and terry-cloth.

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A long time under construction

Construction on Monticello began in 1769 according to Jefferson's first design, which was completed (except for porticoes and decorative interior woodwork) when he left for Europe in 1784. Work on a new design for remodeling and enlarging the house...

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Luke Jr. takes a walk on the wild side, Montecello, Virginia, Summer, 2009

Luke Jr. takes a walk on the wild side, Montecello, Virginia, Summer, 2009. A fife in one hand, hat on head, and not a care in the world. This is one happy little boy.

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Thomas Jefferson was a superb architect

Thomas Jefferson called Monticello his "essay in architecture." Reflecting the sheer genius and diverse tastes of its creator, Jefferson's Monticello is a monument to a detailed interest in architecture as well as landscaping, agriculture, and domestic...

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The third president of the United States was fickle in his tastes -

In addition to being a tobacco farmer, Tom Jefferson worked on the design of Monticello for more than 40 years, altering and enlarging it as his taste matured, a sign of the the pleasure he found in "putting up and pulling down."

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Black-eyed susans in Monticello

The Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) has been the official flower of Maryland (although this photo was taken in Virginia) since 1918 when it was designated the "Floral Emblem" of Maryland by the General Assembly (Chapter 458, Acts of 1918;...

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Peach flowers at Monticello

Peach-colored star-gazer lily in front of Monticello, Virginia, 2009.

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Monticello plays host to visitors who gather from across the globe

When an extensive revision of Monticello was finished in 1809, it had become a 21-room amalgamation of Roman, Palladian, and French architectural ideals, a unique statement by one of history's great individuals and one of the U.S.'s finest presidents....

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