After a 2.5-hour drive, we arrived at Montecello, the homeplace of Jefferson. We met with the education staff to review their resources for classrooms, and then we had a brief tour of the museum and displays, where we learned more about Jefferson and his legacy.
Soon after, we took a little bus to the top of the “mountain” to tour the home. The tour guide, a university history intern, gave a great tour of the lower rooms of the home. We toured the grounds, the gardens, and the cemetary where Jefferson was buried.
After Montecello, we ate a southern-cooking lunch at Michie’s Tavern (which most people agreed was the best meal of the trip), and then headed to the University of Virginia campus to see the university sites designed by Jefferson, particularly the “Academical College” and Rotunda he designed. (As a side bonus, we saw the room where Edgar Allen Poe stayed while a student at the university.)
Yes, another great day!
Pictures from Montecello
Pictures from UVA