Monticello

Charlottesville
VA

Monticello in Charlottesville

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  • Falling in love with the Hôtel de Salm (now the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur) while he was in Paris, Jefferson returned to Monticello in late 1789 and began to consider redesigning his home. In 1796 he began work to knock down the the exterior walls of Monticello to double the interior space, add a dome, and add a portico with four columns.
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Thomas Jefferson’s plantation and home which he designed, built, and rebuilt over 50 years.

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)