Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Charlottesville, VA

“Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Charlottesville, Va., was the center of his world. To understand Jefferson, one must understand Monticello; it can be seen as his autobiographical statement.

Monticello encompassed a house, an ornamental landscape, a farm, a plantation, a small mountain, and a large and diverse community. It encapsulated the interests, talents, ideals, ambitions, and realities of its creative and complex owner.”

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Object on Loan:

Jefferson Medal

Silver Medal, U.S. Mint, 1801–809. 1940.100.221