Sunday, July 08, 2007

Pics From Our Trip to Monticello and Montpelier

Here are a few of the pics from our recent trip to Monticello and Montpelier, a sidetrip from our Washington trip.

Here's Monticello. The thing is, they don't allow photography inside the building. What bullshit! I read a great book a few years ago called Jefferson and Monticello, and I want to read it again now.

Here's Montpelier, home of one of Jefferson's neighbors, James Madison. (Actually, James Monroe is an even closer TJ neighbor, but we didn't have time to go to his house that day.) It's undergoing a little reno.

The inside is getting a makeover too. Below is the room in which Madison studied many of the political systems of different nations throughout history to determine which elements he wanted to include in the Constitution.

Archaeology is one of my interests (I helped on a dig waaaay up in the Rockies one summer). Here is a group methodically going through Madison's front lawn.

He had this kind of temple thing in his backyard. I thought this was a cool shot. Anyone know what kind of tree that is?

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Blogger Get A Life! said...

Did they find Madison's contact lens yet?

And I still want to know if his garden was square...

9:21 PM  
Blogger Bella Rossa said...

Ohhh, I saw an awesome PBS thing (with Alan Alda maybe?) about an archae dig at Mount Vernon. It was seriously fascinating. Hope you enjoyed your trip!

6:28 PM  

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