The Levys at Monticello

October 15, 2008

The Levy Family history as stewards of Monticello is now fairly well known. Here are some links testifying to their legacy:

  • An article from Preservation Magazine reprinted at the Monticello website. Go here.
  • Brief bios from some of the family members. Go here.


  • Another article via the Monticello website detailing the 1985 ceremony formally honoring the Levy Family at Monticello. Click here.
  • Some photos of Rachel Levy’s gravesite. Go here.

TJ & Architecture Pt. I

October 15, 2008

TJ was a prolific architect, though it was merely one of his many hobbies he passionately explored during his lifetime. Here are a couple of great resources I found which testify to his natural skill as an artist.

Historic American Buildings Survey of Monticello.  32 architectural drawings of TJ’s “little mountain”. Click here.

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s electronic archive of Thomas Jefferson architectural drawings. Click here.  Lots of drawings all by TJ’s hand. Many of the usual subjects (Monticello, Shadwell, Tufton, Edghill, Poplar Forest) and many that are not. Definately worth checking out.

The Monticello virtual tour over at Click here.

A nice bibliography of TJ and the arts, including one of my favorite, Jefferson and Monticello:Biography of a Builder by Jack McLaughlin. Go here.

Photo courtesy of seier+seier+seier

This Week at Monticello

October 15, 2008

Don’t miss the Apple Tasting event on Saturday the 18th beginning at 9:30 am at Tufton Farm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online here. Last year’s winner? The mighty Albemarle Pippin of course!

If you like archeology (and who doesn’t!) head over to the Archeology Open House which will open their lab to the public between 10am and 4 pm. On display will be lots of cool stuff. Its free and be sure to wear comfortable shoes for one the 90 minute tours of the nearby archeological sites. Click here for more info.