An NHL (not to be confused with professional hockey here in the states) – or National Historic Landmark is basically a place the US Government deems to have, well, historic value. Besides a plaque (you know there’s got to be a plaque), the sites probably get help fending off protesters, grafiti artists, and the like, and with picking up trash.
Virginia currently has 46 (as comparison New York has over 250). Eight of these were either built, owned, designed, or lived in by Thomas Jefferson. They include:
An additional 4 sites are TJ-related:
Dolly Madison’s home
George Wythe’s home
For more info, click on the links below.
– James Madison’s “lesser Monticello” which currently hosts weekend horse races and annual fiber festivals. It is currently being renovated.
Dolly Madison’s childhood home (Scotchtown)
– Mrs. Madison served as TJ’s 1st Lady during parts of his Presidency. Apparently she classed up the place quite a bit.
– Jefferson’s law mentor and second father of whom Jefferson wrote “my ancient master, my earliest and best friend”
– home of Fiske Kimball, author of Thomas Jefferson, Architect
In September, inspired by Monticello’s “good neighbor discount”, I will attempt to visit as many of these sites as I can. I hope to bring back some deep insights, entertaining anecdotes, or at least a couple of photos to post.