TJ’s Legacy of Words, Pt. II

November 21, 2008

graveJefferson‘s last words were:

“Is it the Fourth? I resign my spirit to God, my daughter, and my country.”


Source: Constitution Facts
Photo by milleniumistic

The First Handshake

November 20, 2008 George Washington would bow to guests at presidential receptions to avoid physical contact and the tradition lasted through the presidency of John Adams. Washington would rest one hand on a sword and the other holding a hat to avoid the remote possibility of anyone forcing a handshake! Thomas Jefferson ended the tradition of “bowing” by shaking hands when greeting people.

Source: Constitution Facts
Photo by Cliff1066

Thomas Jefferson – Renaissance Man

November 19, 2008

polymath“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together in the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

-John F. Kennedy

Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s first Renaissance Men. 

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Madison (Skyline) Drives ahead of Monroe

November 18, 2008 week in Founding Fathers Football:

Yes! Another clever title! Its down to the wire as Madison High uses Skyline as a buffer to pad its slim lead over Monroe. Hamilton remains in the hunt in 3rd place. Thomas Jefferson, Columbus and Independence all remain unchanged from last week, despite having only one loss between them.  

Source: HighschoolRivals
Photo by John-Morgan

This Month at Monticello

November 17, 2008

Monticello remaining for the month of November…
Wreath Workshop Reservations
As far as I know, reservations are still available at $45 a pop. This is the 21st year its being held (which means it can now legally drink some of that potent holiday cider!), and the first in the new Smith Education Center. Call 434-984-9822 or click here to order tickets (scroll down to November 11). 


  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.and 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 7, 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Jefferson Library is hosting two talks, one on the 20th and another on the 24th. The talk topics are Thomas Jefferson and States’ Rights and The Flames of Insurrection. Both are free but you need to register by email. Click here for the address and info. For directions to the Library, click here.

Source: Monticello
Photo by mawal

TJ on Friendship

November 14, 2008

When Thomas Jefferson died, he left to his friend and protege James Madison

“my gold mounted walking staff of animal horn as a token of cordial and affectionate friendship”.

Source: Constitution Facts
Photo by Simon Davison

This Chair Feels Awfully Campeachy!

November 13, 2008

CampeachySome people retire to a rocking chair when they get older. Thomas Jefferson retired to his Campeachy Chair. Also known as a Siesta Chair, among other names, the New Orleans Campeachy Chair which Jefferson sought for over ten years to acquire in the early 1800s, dates back to ancient Egypt. The name “campeachy” comes from Campeche, Mexico where wood commonly used in the making of the chairs grew. John Hemmings made at least one of the chairs for Jefferson. Read the rest of this entry »