Friday, July 29, 2011

Little Mountain

According to our tour guide at Monticello yesterday, Thomas Jefferson was fluent in seven languages. Monticello in Italian -- one of Jefferson's languages -- means "little mountain," appropriate since the plantation was built on a mountaintop.

From Monticello, Jefferson and his family could see the Blue Ridge Mountains and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to the west. This image was taken looking south from Mulberry Road which runs along the southeastern side of the main house. On a clear day, the Jeffersons must have had quite a view. It is understandable why Jefferson and his family loved this estate so much.

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