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- 0 0Published on Jun 05, 2019
Have you ever met someone who was fascinating, interesting beyond belief, but totally unbearable to be around? That is how I imagine Thomas Jefferson was.
We were able to add an unplanned stop to our trip today (one of the joys of road tripping!). I didn’t realize how close our journey was taking us to Monticello. Originally, we were going to visit the Natural Bridge and Mt. Vernon before we headed to our campground. Instead we nixed the Natural Bridge and decided to tour Monticello. I am SO GLAD we did! This turned out to be one of my favorite things on our trip. To catch you up on a little bit of history Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson one of our founding fathers and our 3rd president.
The home and property are beautiful. But the stories and inventions of Thomas Jefferson are what make this experience so special. Did you know Thomas Jefferson wrote over 18,000 letters and he made a copy of every one? He invented his own copier. Or did you know that he and the other founding fathers had questioned whether our government would be able to last for 50 years? Or that both he and John Adams died on July 4, 1827 which was 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence? CRAZY!!!! Or did you know that Jefferson had an odometer on his wagon. I mean the list goes on and on. It was absolutely fascinating!!! I would go back today if I had any vacation time left.
My opinion that he would have been hard to be around is based off no facts. While we were there we also learned that he had a telescope on his property where he would watch the building of the University of Virginia (which he designed). If the builders where doing something that he didn’t approve of he would get on his horse and go down and correct them. So, I’m guessing he was a bit of micro-manager, and a total type A personality (I am a type A personality, so I can say that we are difficult!).
I do plan on visiting again sometime. They offer many different tours that our 3-year-old simply didn’t have the patience for but I think the rest of us would have loved! If you want to see more pictures or get more information please visit there website www.monticello.org
On our way to Mt. Vernon we realized we were driving on the Constitutional Highway. Thanks to an overpriced data plan and google we were able to look it up and learn that this was the path that Jefferson would take to get to Washington D.C. The journey took him 4 days. It took us a matter of hours. When we got to Mt. Vernon we found…people…lots and lots of people!!! I think there must have been at least 15 different school groups, large school groups, visiting at the same time. I will be honest, after Monticello, Mt. Vernon was not overly impressive. In fairness, there were too many people for us to really enjoy it, so another day probably would have resulted in a better experience. I recommend visiting, but if you have to make a choice between the two I would choose Monticello. On the way back to the motorhome Abbey and I also crossed path with a very large, 4-5 feet, black snake with a white belly I’m sure this has something to do with it not being my favorite stop.