For now, our 4th day was spent driving from Charleston, West Virginia, to Charlottesville, to tour Monticello. Thomas Jefferson was an amazing visionary.
When I saw that he and his family lived in this before he completed Monticello, I thought I should be able to handle living in a barn until our home is being built.
The grounds surrounding the estate are absolutely beautiful. This tree made me want to go climb up in it:
He was also a lover of nature and science. He has a beautiful flower garden with plants that he grew and some that were brought back with Lewis and Clark. Here are a few of my favorites. See if you can tell what my favorite colors are:
This fruit will break open into this flower in a couple of days:
In the Children's Discovery Museum, the kids got to use many of Jefferson's inventions. Sadie is sitting down to write her morning letters. This machine will allow her to write to letters at once:
Jefferson didn't believe in wasted space, so he built the beds into the walls. Sammy decided to give this one a try. Jefferson was very much influenced by the french, and preferred silk bed spreads and the fashionable color of that day was a magenta, but came out looking pink.
Slave children clothing:
Jefferson's resting place:
"You wouldn't believe how badly they've taken your letter to the Danbury Baptists out of context."
I know I have a lot of pictures on this post, but I hope you have enjoyed them. It was a beautiful place to visit.
These last pictures the kids wanted me to include. They are of a sensitive plant. When you touch the open leaves of this plant, it will immediately close up and wilt.