The house and estate at Monticello are the same, but the tourist part of the attraction has changed considerably.
We bought our tickets and had time to catch the introductory video in the theater. Then we looked around before we boarded the shuttle up to the main attraction.
After the short ride to the top of the hill, we were met by a number of guides who marshaled us under a large shade tree. Our docent met us there and started her presentation.
The bench on the porch in the background were his design also.
My impression of Monticello is that it was quite a masterpiece. Jefferson seemed to be a huge mind that was always looking for ways to bring knowledge and culture to the common man. His home is a museum of invention and laboratory of practical conveniences. He was a proponent of detail.
It made my head spin at every turn. The sun dial on the ceiling of the porch. The block work around the door which were made to look like stone. Each area and room of the house was a tribute to his thinking. Although it was an eclectic collection of structure and purpose -- it was very beautiful and fit together.
A few facts:
- The house is over 11,000 sq ft of living space
- It has 3 skylights
- There are over 43 rooms
- The highest room (Entrance Hall) is 18'6"
Part of the impact of the tour was the enthusiasm and command of the facts that the docent displayed. She brought a level of excitement and knowledge that was noteworthy. She enjoyed going through each room and was very well versed on lots more information and detail than we had time for.
The tour moved like clock work. Every few minutes our group would slide into another hallway or room just as another group was making there way out of the room and on to the next. It was very well choreographed and though there might have been 100 people in the house at the some time, all the groups moved through quietly and efficiently.
Again, no pictures were allowed inside but I found these and more online @www.monticello.org
South Square Room
Library Room/Book Room
The tour ended outside on the North Terrace.
And we found an archaeological dig going on where the joinery used to stand.
Mark and Dreama
It was a great day at Monticello! We enjoyed it thoroughly and could go back again anytime.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!