Monticello is one of my favorite houses, and Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite presidents. The two fit together perfectly. Jefferson planned every aspect of Monticello, and started its construction in 1768. Over the next forty years, Jefferson would design, construct and remodel to create his “essay in architecture.” The design broke away from the Georgian style favored by most of his contemporaries, and Jefferson embraced a more classical style, influenced by Italian architect Andrea Palladio’s Four Books of Architecture.
Our tour was limited to the first floor, but rooms in the dependencies were also open. The dependencies that contain the kitchen, smokehouse, stables and other areas for domestic work are hidden beneath the main house, terraces and pavilions. This not only kept those activities mostly out of sight, but also preserved the views towards the Blue Ridge Mountains.
|Dependencies on Both Sides of the Main House Are Concealed in the Hillside|
|South Dependency Wing|
|View from the Vegetable Garden|
I loved our visit to Monticello, especially on such a beautiful day, and am glad that we arranged our route to include it.
|An Amazing House|