I've always wanted to see Monticello, the home of our country's 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson. How happy I was to make the trip to Virginia for a visit! A history buff's destination to cross this off the Bucket List. Monticello is featured on the back of the U.S. nickel. Tour guides refer to the photo I took above as "the nickel shot." It is actually not the front of the home, where visitors were received in the main entrance hall, but the rear of the home, most used by family.
My husband and I enjoyed learning about Jefferson
and the architecture of his beloved plantation. As expected, no photos could be taken inside.
The 2 acre vegetable garden is located on the terraced hillside.
Jefferson was involved in the planting, cultivation and harvesting of over
330 fruit & vegetable varieties, faithfully recording every detail in his journal.
This is Jefferson's Garden Pavillion, where he came to relax and read in the evenings.
It overlooks a vineyard, an orchard, and plantings of figs and berries.
A picturesque mountain-top view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Here I am beside one of the slave quarters along Mulberry Row,
where slaves labored as skilled blacksmiths, tinsmiths,
spinners, weavers, nail-makers, and stablemen.
This chimney is part of the ruins of the original Joiner's Shop,
where woodworking and furniture making took place.
The decorative iron gate to the Monticello Graveyard,
with its ornamental "TJ" monogram.
Jefferson's obelisk tombstone marks his final resting place.
Jefferson chose what he wanted to engraved on the obelisk, what he considered to be his greatest accomplishments. He died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Check out the Monticello website for more information. Monticello is located at 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kerry Miller, of Great Britain, uses her artistic talents in a unique way. She re-invents antique books, long ignored and cast off, giving them new lives and new purposes as true works of art! Kerry explains, "As technology threatens to replace the printed word, there has never been a better time to re-imagine the book." Each book is deconstructed by reverently cutting out the illustrations. In the case of black and white images, Kerry sometimes hand-paints them with watercolors or inks. She re-builds the book by layering the pieces in one of two 3D approaches: an explosion of images, bursting forth to capture our interest, or a diorama, reaching within the confines of the book's covers to offer a peek at the wonders inside. Here's to appreciating the past, the rewards of reading, and the artistry of Kerry Miller!
Above: A Handbook to the Order Lepidoptera Vols 1 & 3, published 1896
The Boy's Own Annual 1886
Britain's Birds and their Nests, published 1910.
The Book of Days, Vol. 1, published 1897.
Familiar Garden Flowers, published circa 1880.
Harmsworth's Household Encyclopedia, published 1923.