Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents John S. Skinner, journalist, agriculturist, and creator of the first successful American farm journal, The American Farmer, visited Monticello in 1820. In his subsequent recollections, he records that Jefferson was entertaining as usual, but on that particular occasion he was somewhat irrational in his conversation and the dinner menu (millet, one of Jefferson’s favorites) was less than satisfactory, precipitating indigestion.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1980A
Scope and Contents Bill Beiswanger discusses Jefferson’s dreams of, and designs for, various structures in his garden. Documents and archaeological evidence suggest that the garden pavilion, or "temple" as Jefferson sometimes called it, in the vegetable garden along the south walk was built in his lifetime but did not last; the new reconstruction now stands in its place.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1984
Scope and Contents Although Jefferson only dabbled in botany and never thoroughly explored the wild plants of Monticello, Thomas Mann Randolph as well as Francis Walker Gilmer, Dr. Benjamin Smith Barton, and the Abbé Correa were all skilled in the science and frequented Monticello. John Bradbury, a British botanist working for the Liverpool Botanic Garden, came to Monticello in 1809 to study American plants and found new and unusual species. He identified Cypripedia (Lady’s Slippers), orchidea ("Heleborine"),...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1981A
Scope and Contents Thomas Jefferson was devoted to transplanting Italian culture in Virginia. With the help of Italian friend and neighbor, Filippo Mazzei, Jefferson transplanted Italian fruit trees such as apricot, cherry, and peach (with varying success) in his orchard.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1982A
Scope and Contents Jefferson had mixed feelings about dogs, as they were both dangerous -- as predators when not properly fed and as disease-carriers when rabid -- and useful farm animals. He obtained Bergère, an intelligent and industrious sheep dog from France, whom the slave Isaac recalls along with some of Jefferson’s other eccentrically named pets and animals. Though Jefferson sympathized with Judge Richard Peters (who in 1810 complained of the dangers of dogs to sheep) and Peter Minor of Albemarle (who...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1989N
Scope and Contents Jefferson was a life-long admirer, student, and designer of architecture. His ever-evolving plans for Monticello included his own simplified version of the Delorme dome (which he saw at Halle au Blé, Paris in 1786 and to which he refers in his famous “Head and Heart” letter to Maria Cosway, excerpt included), the serrated “zig-zag” he invented for the low-grade roof, and the tin-coated iron shingles he used and advocated (first applied by Ase Brooks but later by “a common negro man”). Though...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1992N
Scope and Contents Captain Joseph Miller and his daughter came to the US on the Lydia in 1813 and finally reached Albemarle County after many delays and disasters brought on by the war with Britain. Miller was well received and Jefferson, pursuing his interest in useful scientific pursuits and a desire to experiment with brewing his own beer at Monticello, soon befriended the British brewer. Miller trained Peter Hemings, who went on to produce fine, much-demanded ale (at first with wheat malt and eventually corn...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1995A
Scope and Contents Ellen Wayles Randolph Harrison and Martha Jefferson Trist Burke, Jefferson’s great-granddaughters, recount childhood memories of their parents from Monticello; their games, toys, interactions with the slaves (such as John Hemings) and visitors (such as Mrs. Madison), and their places of play.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1976O