Monday, July 25, 2005

Monticello - Finally but.............

We finally made the return trip to Monticello since the last in the area time we never got a chance for a visit and it is a place very high on Sharyn's list of places to go. The weather like most of the trip was hot humid and about as close to being burned alive as I can imagine. After parking we purchased the tickets for the tour, took the shuttle to the house and waited in queue (I threw the queue thing in instead of "in line" for my international audience), and finally were led inside. I was most impressed with the weather vane and look of the whitewashed wood on the red brick.

Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take pictures inside but we were not there very long. After visiting the foyer, a room roughly 10x10 containing roughly 25 people who were in our group, and the library Sharyn began to feel ill. So we exited to the back (the most common view of Monticello) and Sharyn took off for the shuttle and the air conditioning of the RV. There were people walking all over the grounds and getting in my picture so I told them all to leave....

...... and they did!!!!

I'm not sure about anyone else but Monticello has always been larger that life in my eyes and yet physically it was the size of a medium home in the Lake Conroe area of Texas. Still the mystique of Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence at 32 years old, helped form this country, read books in seven different languages, helped preserve and improve farming, etc........ was rather special.

I particularly liked this louvered room near the back of the house.

There was a small fish pond in the back of the house with a bench to sit on and ponder what it must have been like to have lived during those times.

There was a series of covered walkways that must have made it both cooler and dryer walking around the outside of the house and to the two smaller houses/rooms on either side of the main house.

I especially liked the tunnel between the kitchen and the main house.

The vegetable/herb gardens were beautifully created and very special to see as they would have been when Thomas Jefferson was there.

Sadly, Sharyn missed all of the outdoors adventures but was feeling better later and enjoyed the pictures.

Quote of the Day
"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded faith." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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