In 1798, Thomas Jefferson grafted nearly one hundred apples that replaced the Virginia Crab as his favorite cider apple and which, he claimed, was the closest thing to wine that was not wine that he had ever tasted.
What was this mystery apple?
You probably knew Thomas Jefferson had founded a University (that being the University of Virginia), but did you know that one was named after him? Read the rest of this entry »
One of Mr. Jefferson‘s University’s most famous alumni is being honored by his home of Boston, Mass. with a square named in his honor. During his lifetime, Edgar Allen Poe‘s dislike for his hometown was such that he often lied about where he was from. Boston, for its part seems to be trying to strengthen the link, going so far as to naming the month of January E.A.P. month.
April 28th is James Monroe‘s birthday.
After an unexpected sabbatical, we are back. The posts should start appearing by this evening. We’ll look at TJ’s 4th favorite apple, celebrate John Adams James Monroe’s birthday (tomorrow), look at another something named Jefferson, and cap it off with TJ and Trees (what is up with the Tulip Poplar anyway?!?). And we’re going to try to squeeze them all in by Thursday (whew! good thing I had a week and a half off!)
Today is Thomas Jefferson’s 266th birthday!
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