TJ Speaks!

August 30, 2008

Here are a couple of fun clips I found.

First, an animated Jefferson speaks…

Next, a talking TJ action figure…that doesn’t blink…

And finally, a one man play about TJ…

Of the 3, I liked the doll the best its JD Sutton by a landslide (though the doll was still kind of cool). Was I the only one that found the 1st one a little creepy?? (maybe it was the voice…)

TJ-centric Historical Places in Virginia Pt. 1

August 29, 2008

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Monticello Offers Reduced Admission Price For Locals in September

August 26, 2008

Good news for local residents! Thomas Jefferson’s former estate, science lab, and ode to Palladian architecture is offering “Good Neighbor Month” with a $10 admission price for adults living in surrounding areas, including residents of Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Wow, September must be a slow month!

You can also bring an out-of-town guest, and if you get them to pay full price, you get in free!

Go here to the

How Does History Rank Jefferson the President?

August 24, 2008

In 1948, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. asked 50 some of his peers to rank each president as great, near great, average, below average and failure thus leading to a national past time of Presidential rankings and comparisons. A fickle public has lead to approval ratings varying up to nearly 70% during a presidency. <Source: go here>

So how does President TJ rate? Read the rest of this entry »

Jefferson on Dogs

August 20, 2008

Found an interesting article on Jefferson’s thoughts on dogs. In a letter to fellow land owner Peter Minor, Jefferson writes,

 “I participate in all your hostility to dogs, and would readily join in any plan for exterminating the whole race. I consider them as the most afflicting of all the follies for which men tax themselves. but as total extirpation cannot be hoped for, let it be partial.”
The article does go to state that despite his strong words, Jefferson kept working sheep dogs (presumably at Monticello) and wasn’t averse to giving away their puppies either.
Go here for the source

TJ In the News – “Jefferson’s Legacy” Lecture Series

August 20, 2008 reports that registration opens today for a lecture series called “Jefferson’s Legacy”. These Wednesday evening talks will run through September and October. Each lecture will focus on a different theme including his presidency, botany, food, science, religion, and architecture.  The talks are held at the Jefferson library which is right down the road from Monticello.

It lists the cost as $110. I’ll email them to find out if thats per talk or for the entire series.

Click here to go to the source…

TJ’s Legacy According to TJ

August 16, 2008

The following words were written by Thomas Jefferson and adorn his tombstone in the cemetery at Monticello:

Here was buried

Thomas Jefferson

Author of the



American Independence

Of the

Statute of Virginia


Religious Freedom

and Father of the

University of Virginia

National Independence, Religious Freedom and Learning – 3 of Jefferson’s great passions.

The obelisk - Tho9mas Jefferson's Tombstone and Epitath.

Image (c)2008 by the Jeffersonia Blog