In April 2011, we traveled with our granddaughter to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson’s home was a sight to behold including inventions that were created way before their time such as a dumb-waiter to bring up the right bottle of wine for dinner, revolving service door allowing food to be placed on the shelves and then turned into the room for serving, and a pond established to hold fish so they were fresh when prepared for dinner.
The flower gardens were beautifully maintained and picture perfect.
If you have a vegetable garden or even dream of one, the 1,000 feet of vegetable gardens at Monticello will inspire you to new heights.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth.” Amen.
Standing below the house and above the gardens we could see the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The house and exterior grounds were amazing as well as all the other areas like the kitchens, wine cellar, and stables.
An emotional encounter was awaiting us when viewing the slaves’ quarters. A handsome young African-American couple were standing right next to us looking into the rooms, and the young lady became very emotional and started crying. She took many pictures and seemed to be experiencing very raw feelings triggered by these quarters. It brought tears to my eyes just watching her, and it certainly brought the issue of slavery to the forefront for our granddaughter.
As you entered and exited the main grounds, you walked though a classy visitor center with items for sale including Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vegetable and flower seeds and perennial plants from the site. There are also traditional souvenirs along with breathtakingly beautiful home and garden accessories. You can also buy fresh sandwiches, salads, snacks, and root beer and wine that are made at Monticello.
If we lived closer, we’d have a family membership and be regular visitors taking advantage of the many gardening classes and historical offerings. As it is, my pulse quickens when I open my email and see one from Monticello because I know it will be filled with beautiful sights to remember.
Do yourself a big favor and put visiting Monticello on your bucket list. When my daughter, grandchildren, and I are outside gardening together, we still talk about our trip to Monticello and plant many of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vegetable and flower seeds in our garden every year.
If you are fortunate enough to go, you will enjoy every moment of your trip and hope for a return visit. It is a 10+ on a scale of 1-10.
Granddaughter’s Review of Monticello: The house is beautiful. I loved the dome-shaped roof. The gardens are amazing, and the plants we bought there were really nice. I would love to go back.