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    Kitchen~South Pavilion Cellar

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    The kitchen was among the best equipped in Virginia. While serving as U.S. Minister to France, Jefferson purchased a large number of cooking utensils for his residence in Paris. In the early 1790s, as part of an 86­crate shipment of goods, he had them shipped back to America and eventually to Monticello. While the cellar of the South Pavilion housed Monticello's first, relatively small kitchen, a second kitchen was constructed during the expansion of the house. Completed by 1809, the newer, much larger work space featured a bake oven, a fireplace, and an eight­opening stew stove with integrated set kettle. A tall case clock also stood in the kitchen: Isaac Jefferson, one of Monticello's former slaves, recalled that the only time Jefferson went into the kitchen was to wind the clock.

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    South Pavilion~Cellar

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    The South Paviion at the end of the terrace was the first building erected on the mountaintop. Jefferson lived there from November 1770, while the first Monticello was under construction. He and his wife, Martha, started their married life in the pavilion's upper room in 1772.

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    Gardens~Tulp Tradition

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    It wasn't until 1807, when Jefferson began to anticipate his retirement from the presidency, that the flower gardens began to assume their ultimate shape. He then sketched a plan for the twenty oval­shaped flower beds in the four corners or "angles" of the house. Each bed was planted with a different flower, and most of the seeds and bulbs had been forwarded by Bernard McMahon, a Philadelphia nurseryman, author of The American Gardener's Calendar.

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    Stables~ North Pavilion Cellar

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    The stables is part of the North Dependency wing, which was completed in 1809, contains the North Privy, the Ice House, and an area for parking carriages. It connects the main house to the North Pavilion.

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    Ice House ~North Pavilion Cellar

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    The ice house is part of the North Dependency wing, which was completed in 1809, contains the North Privy, horses stalls, and an area for parking carriages. It connects the main house to the North Pavilion.

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    North Pavilion~Cellar

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    The North Pavilion was completedin 1808 and was used at one time as study by Jefferson's son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. Restoration of the dependencies is under way. The North Privy was on of six known "necessaries". The pit under the seat connects to a sink that opens in the hill side.

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    Visitor Center Information Downtown

    by Yaqui Written Jun 24, 2011

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    What a huge visitor center. The wonderful lady was very helpful is sharing information about all the downtown acitivity. If your not sure about an area, make sure to check places like these out.

    Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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    Three Notch'd Road

    by Yaqui Written Jun 19, 2011

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    The marker reads: Three Notch'd Road Q-21 Also called Three Chopt Road, this colonial route ran from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. It likely took its name from three notches cut into trees to blaze the trail. A major east-west route across central Virginia from the 1730s, it was superseded by Route 250 in the 1930s. Part of Jack Jouett's famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette's efforts to prevent Gen. Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions took place along this road. Today West Main Street and part of University Avenue approximate the Three Notch'd Road's original course through present-day Charlottesville.~Q-21

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    Colle~Historical Marker

    by Yaqui Written Jun 19, 2011

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    The marker reads: The house was built about 1770 by workmen engaged in building Monticello. Mazzei, an Italian, lived here for some years adapting grape culture to Virginia. Baron de Riedesel, captured at Saratoga in 1777, lived here with his family, 1779-1780. Scenes in Ford's novel, Janice Meredith, are laid here.~W-201

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  • Barracks Road

    by bvaughn7 Written Apr 22, 2011

    Shopping at Barracks Road is the thing to do while in Charlottesville! They have fabulous fashion and one-of-a-kind accessories. The collection of stores and boutiques at Barracks Road is truly unusual—seemingly handpicked for discerning shoppers—with all the latest styles for this season. A must go for shoppers!

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    Montalto

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Montalto means "high hill". It towers 410 feet over Monticello, providing the best views of the Charlottesville area. In fact, it's the tallest point in Virginia east of the Blue Ridge Mountains (which are plainly visible from up here).

    The advance tour tickets, even the President's Pass, do NOT cover this. You need to buy your ticket at the office. The tour takes about an hour. There tours daily at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, from April to October.

    This place has been used by the University of Virginia for student housing, and for various other things. Right now, its future is rather unclear.

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    Jefferson's stiff wrist

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To my surprise Monticello Visitors Center doesn't purchase tickets. I bought them in the ticket office located by huge parking lots a few miles up. Instead there is a museum shop and a free exhibition "Thomas Jefferson at Monticello" in the Center. It includes over 400 original Jefferson objects but it wasn't very interesting. However I've got to know that the third US president (1801-1809) was:
    1. author of the Declaration of Independance,
    2. author of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom,
    3. father of the University of Virginia.

    Apart from that I noticed that he used some kinds of wrist ortheses to be able to write as his stiff right wrist, a consequence of an early dislocation, made writing both slow and painful.

    I wanted to watch "Thomas Jefferson: The Pursuit of Liberty" documentary film in the Visitors Center Theatre but they show it only twice a day and to my dissapointment not at the time I was there.

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    Plantation along Mulberry Row

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    1,000-foot-long straight road south of the Monticello house, which had mulberry trees planted on either side of the lane was named Mulberry Row by Jefferson. It was the center of the plantation activity and it was once lined with the dependencies necessary to support the main house and a 5,000-acre plantation with as many as 150 residents.

    Along Mulberry Row first of all I've seen vegetable garden terrace divided into large squares arranged according to which part of the plant was harvested: fruits (tomatoes, beans), roots (beets, carrots), or leaves (lettuce, cabbage). The vegetable garden terrace was fenced by 10-feet-high paling fence, partly reconstructed now. There is Vegetable Garden Pavilion put up along the edge of the terrace when Jefferson used to read books. I've also found a grave of Levy family who owned the property after Jeffersons.

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  • Ballooning

    by annwaters Written Sep 25, 2010

    We loved, loved, loved taking a hot air balloon tour of this beautiful area. rolling horse pastures and extensive vineyards made this an experience of a lifetime - can only imaging how fabulous the fall trees will look! got the idea from http://www.charlottesvillewelcomebook.com/Attractions_&_Museums/

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    Old Cabell Hall

    by mikelisaanna Updated Nov 2, 2009

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    Old Cabell Hall is an old auditorium building located at the end of the Lawn oppposite the Rotunda. It dates back to the 1890s, when it was added, along with two other buildings, to the southern end of the Lawn. It was design by Stanford White, and is an interesting building from an architectural standpoint. On the outside, it looks like the other buildings along the Lawn, with red bricks and white columns. However, the interior is where it gets interesting. Its lobby is full of colorful murals. Beyond the lobby is an auditorium that features two levels of seating in a semicircular layout. The auditorium's stage is flanked by giant organ pipes and has a beautiful mural behind it.

    Old Cabell Hall is not always open to the public, but you might be lucky, like I was, to be able to go into it for an event. I was there for a conference, and was glad that I was able to see the building's interior.

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