Friday, April 7, 2023


Barbara Ann Mojica’s new book Little Miss History Travels to Monticello is entertaining and educational. You’ll learn many interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson, his home and his lifestyle.  For example, did you know Thomas liked living at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains so much that he decided to build a house there when he was quite young? His beautiful two-story, eight-room Neo-Classical Style house was named “Monticello, or “Little Mountain.” The beautiful mansion stood on a 5,000-acre plantation.

     Thomas Jefferson moved into the South Pavilion of their plantation in 1770 and his new bride, Martha Wayles Skelton arrived two years later. After Martha passed away, Thomas left the country for a short time, to pursue a career as a minister. But upon his return to America, Thomas decided to remodel Monticello. He added an elegant entrance hall and museum, in an effort to thrill his visitors. What did the guests see? They likely enjoyed unique Native-American artifacts, Art, and maps that decorated the rooms.

     Some of the special features of Monticello include The Library of Congress which is full of millions of books, maps, newspapers and even the copyright office.  The north wing sounded like fun to me because it had a dumbwaiter and elevator near the fireplace. That way, the staff could transport wine from the cellars.

     Who helped Thomas Jefferson run the plantation?  Slaves grew crops like tobacco and wheat. He also employed people called “White Joiners” to train slaves in trades like making furniture.

     After Thomas Jefferson passed away in 1826, his daughter sold the house, slaves and contents of the estate to repay the $107,000 debt, a whopping amount for that era.

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