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Historic Monticello
  • Author :
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1947
  • Category: Furniture
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Collection of exterior and interior images of Monticello after 1923.


Saving Monticello
  • Author : Marc Leepson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-03-06
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 074322602X

Summary: When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and artwork, in 1831 his heirs bid a final goodbye to Monticello itself. The house their illustrious patriarch had lovingly designed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, his beloved "essay in architecture," was sold to the highest bidder. Saving Monticello offers the first complete post-Jefferson history of this American icon and reveals the amazing story of how one Jewish family saved the house that became a family home to them for 89 years -- longer than it ever was to the Jeffersons. With a dramatic narrative sweep across generations, Marc Leepson vividly recounts the turbulent saga of this fabled estate. Twice the house came to the brink of ruin, and twice it was saved, by two different generations of the Levy family. United by a fierce love of country, they venerated the Founding Fathers for establishing a religiously tolerant and democratic nation where their family had thrived since the founding of the Georgia colony in 1733, largely free of the persecutions and prejudices of the Old World. Monticello's first savior was the mercurial U.S. Navy Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, a colorful and controversial sailor, celebrated for his successful campaign to ban flogging in the Navy and excoriated for his stubborn willfulness. Prompted in 1833 by the Marquis de Lafayette's inquiry about "the most beautiful house in America," Levy discovered that Jefferson's mansion had fallen into a miserable state of decay. Acquiring the ruined estate and committing his considerable resources to its renewal, he began what became a tumultuous nine-decade relationship between his family and Jefferson's home. After passing from Levy control at the time of the commodore's death, Monticello fell once more into hard times, cattle being housed on its first floor and grain in its once elegant upper rooms. Again, remarkably, a member of the Levy family came to the rescue. Uriah's nephew, the aptly named Jefferson Monroe Levy, a three-term New York congressman and wealthy real estate and stock speculator, gained possession in 1879. After Jefferson Levy poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into its repair and upkeep, his chief reward was to face a vicious national campaign, with anti-Semitic overtones, to expropriate the house and turn it over to the government. Only after the campaign had failed, with Levy declaring that he would sell Monticello only when the White House itself was offered for sale, did Levy relinquish it to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923. Rich with memorable, larger-than-life characters, beginning with Thomas Jefferson himself, the story is cast with such figures as James Turner Barclay, a messianic visionary who owned the house from 1831 to 1834; the fiery Uriah Levy, he of the six courts-martial and teenage wife; the colorful Confederate Colonel Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, who controlled Monticello during the Civil War; and the eccentric, high-living, deal-making egoist Jefferson Monroe Levy. Pulling back the veil of history to reveal a story we thought we knew, Saving Monticello establishes this most American of houses as more truly reflective of the American experience than has ever been fully appreciated.


Monticello
  • Author : W. C. Madden
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN Code: 9780738551487

Summary: Monticello was founded by the White County commissioners in 1834 on a bluff above the Tippecanoe River. They named it after the mansion of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. It was incorporated as a town in 1862. The county seat grew more rapidly when the railroads came to town before the Civil War. Then the town grew large enough to become a city in 1909, and a mayor was elected. The area around the city became a tourist destination in the 1920s after dams created the twin lakes--Shafer and Freeman--and Ideal Beach was conceived. It was renamed Indiana Beach in the 1950s and became the largest entertainment park in the state. In 1974, a devastating tornado roared through downtown Monticello, killing eight people and destroying a large part of the city. However, the people of Monticello banded together to reconstruct a stronger community. Today the city of Monticello is a thriving, progressive community growing in population and size. About a million tourists come to the area each summer to relax and have fun.


Jefferson at Monticello
  • Author : James Adam Bear
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1967
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN Code: 9780813900223

Summary: Covering the years from 1781 into the 1820s, these valuable accounts remain the chief source of information about Thomas Jefferson's domestic and personal life, interests, habits, appearance, and day-to-day activities at Monticello. Isaac Jefferson and Edmund Bacon were each sixty-five years old when their recollections were recorded. What they remember best, of course, are scenes from the past made vivid and immediate by details involving their own experience. Although their recollections of Jefferson differ in a number of ways, apparent in both accounts is a concern for the master whose involvement in national affairs made his life so different from their own.


Monticello
  • Author : Michael Burgan
  • Publisher : Capstone
  • Release Date : 2003-08
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN Code: 9780756504915

Summary: Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.


Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War
  • Author : Michael Kranish
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-01-21
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 0199745900

Summary: When Thomas Jefferson wrote his epitaph, he listed as his accomplishments his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia statute of religious freedom, and his founding of the University of Virginia. He did not mention his presidency or that he was second governor of the state of Virginia, in the most trying hours of the Revolution. Dumas Malone, author of the epic six-volume biography, wrote that the events of this time explain Jefferson's "character as a man of action in a serious emergency." Joseph Ellis, author of American Sphinx, focuses on other parts of Jefferson's life but wrote that his actions as governor "toughened him on the inside." It is this period, when Jefferson was literally tested under fire, that Michael Kranish illuminates in Flight from Monticello. Filled with vivid, precisely observed scenes, this book is a sweeping narrative of clashing armies--of spies, intrigue, desperate moments, and harrowing battles. The story opens with the first murmurs of resistance to Britain, as the colonies struggled under an onerous tax burden and colonial leaders--including Jefferson--fomented opposition to British rule. Kranish captures the tumultuous outbreak of war, the local politics behind Jefferson's actions in the Continental Congress (and his famous Declaration), and his rise to the governorship. Jefferson's life-long belief in the corrupting influence of a powerful executive led him to advocate for a weak governorship, one that lacked the necessary powers to raise an army. Thus, Virginia was woefully unprepared for the invading British troops who sailed up the James under the direction of a recently turned Benedict Arnold. Facing rag-tag resistance, the British force took the colony with very little trouble. The legislature fled the capital, and Jefferson himself narrowly eluded capture twice. Kranish describes Jefferson's many stumbles as he struggled to respond to the invasion, and along the way, the author paints an intimate portrait of Jefferson, illuminating his quiet conversations, his family turmoil, and his private hours at Monticello. "Jefferson's record was both remarkable and unsatisfactory, filled with contradictions," writes Kranish. As a revolutionary leader who felt he was unqualified to conduct a war, Jefferson never resolved those contradictions--but, as Kranish shows, he did learn lessons during those dark hours that served him all his life.


Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello
  • Author : Edwin Morris Betts,Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins,Peter J. Hatch
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Category: Architecture
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 9780813910871

Summary: The restoration of the flower gardens at Monticello in 1941, sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, was the result of Edwin Betts's scholarly research and Hazlehurst Perkins's practical gardening skills. Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello presents the evolution of Jefferson's ornamental gardening efforts with an analysis of the flower gardens as they were planned, planted, and ultimately restored. No early American gardens were as well-documented as those at Monticello, which became an experimental station, a botanic garden of new and unusual plants from around the world. Betts and Perkins communicate here the nature and sources of Jefferson's intelligent venture into ornamental gardening. The third edition includes a revised plant list, annotation of the more than 100 species cultivated in the flower garden, and new illustrations.


Monticello
  • Author : Tom Rue
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN Code: 9780738573281

Summary: Latin for "heavenly mountain," Monticello's founders supported Thomas Jefferson's populist ideals, naming their village for his Virginia home. Center of the Town of Thompson and seat of Sullivan County since 1809, Monticello was founded in 1804 and incorporated in 1830 by John and Samuel Jones. Tanning, lumbering, farming, and manufacturing gave way to tourism. The railroad came in 1871. A fire in 1909 decimated the downtown, but automobiles and an artery nicknamed "the Quickway" connected New York City to the mountains and made Monticello a recreation center. The years 1920 to 1930 saw a population increase of 48 percent. Sidewalks brimmed with shoppers as Broadway, lined with stately and beautiful shade trees, clattered with traffic at all hours. Slightly over an hour from Manhattan, Monticello had two identities: a community built and sustained by workers, residents, and businesses and a busy "borscht belt" vacation center of boardinghouses, hotels, bungalows, and recreation.


The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello
  • Author : Peter J. Hatch
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Category: Gardening
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN Code: 9780813917467

Summary: Lavishly illustrated, Peter Hatch's The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello is not only a detailed history of Jefferson's gardens and their re-creation but a virtual encyclopedia of early American pomology. Hatch argues that fruit growing and horticulture were in fact synonymous terms in early America, influenced primarily by the importance of alcoholic beverages to the American diet. One historian has remarked how significant it was when Americans began eating their fruit instead of drinking it. The story of Jefferson's struggle to produce a useful and ornamental garden on a grand scale - so carefully documented in his letters and papers - makes for fascinating reading. His fruitery was unique in being both an Old World fruit garden and a colonial farm orchard; seedling peaches and Virginia cider apples were planted alongside French apricots, Spanish almonds, and English plums. His horticultural vision was far-reaching in scope and characteristically ahead of its time. The history of fruit growing at Monticello is a reflection of Jefferson's spirit: expansive, optimistic, epicurean, innocent, and altogether American.


Monticello (ENHANCED eBook)
  • Author : Julia Hargrove
  • Publisher : Lorenz Educational Press
  • Release Date : 2005-03-01
  • Category:
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN Code: 1429112794

Summary: Most people agree that Thomas Jefferson was a genius. He holds a firm place as one of the greatest Americans in history. How much do your students know about this author of the Declaration of Independence and former President of the United States? This book will help them understand why he is so important to our country’s political history. They will study his early life, his fondness for gadgets, his contributions to the American Revolution, his theory of government, the ups and downs of his presidency and, of course, his home and architectual masterpiece Monticello. Students will also read the Declaration of Independence and answer questions to help them understand it. Review questions are provided for each section of study. Also included are internet research ideas, multiple intelligences activities and an answer key.


The Road to Monticello
  • Author : Kevin J. Hayes
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-07-01
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 752
  • ISBN Code: 0199758484

Summary: Thomas Jefferson was an avid book-collector, a voracious reader, and a gifted writer--a man who prided himself on his knowledge of classical and modern languages and whose marginal annotations include quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton. And yet there has never been a literary life of our most literary president. In The Road to Monticello, Kevin J. Hayes fills this important gap by offering a lively account of Jefferson's spiritual and intellectual development, focusing on the books and ideas that exerted the most profound influence on him. Moving chronologically through Jefferson's life, Hayes reveals the full range and depth of Jefferson's literary passions, from the popular "small books" sold by traveling chapmen, such as The History of Tom Thumb, which enthralled him as a child; to his lifelong love of Aesop's Fables and Robinson Crusoe; his engagement with Horace, Ovid, Virgil and other writers of classical antiquity; and his deep affinity with the melancholy verse of Ossian, the legendary third-century Gaelic warrior-poet. Drawing on Jefferson's letters, journals, and commonplace books, Hayes offers a wealth of new scholarship on the print culture of colonial America, reveals an intimate portrait of Jefferson's activities beyond the political chamber, and reconstructs the president's investigations in such different fields of knowledge as law, history, philosophy and natural science. Most importantly, Hayes uncovers the ideas and exchanges which informed the thinking of America's first great intellectual and shows how his lifelong pursuit of knowledge culminated in the formation of a public offering, the "academic village" which became UVA, and his more private retreat at Monticello. Gracefully written and painstakingly researched, The Road to Monticello provides an invaluable look at Jefferson's intellectual and literary life, uncovering the roots of some of the most important--and influential--ideas that have informed American history.


Monticello
  • Author : Mary Heady,Mark Spencer
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN Code: 9780738587899

Summary: Settled by pioneers who referred to themselves as "rough and ready" and named after Thomas Jefferson's elegant estate in Virginia, Monticello has a colorful past that blends folklore and history to the point where separating one from the other would be nearly impossible--and controversial to boot. Continuous growth and prosperity have made it the hub of southeast Arkansas and a mecca for regionally located Arkansans when hard economic times have hit. Generally believed to be the most affluent town in the state from 1890 to 1920, Monticello provided opportunity, from early on, to those seeking fulfillment of the American Dream. Education has long been at the heart of Monticello's ability to flourish, and its relationship with the University of Arkansas at Monticello has always been symbiotic.


Monticello
  • Author : Maureen Holtz
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN Code: 0738599824

Summary: Carved out of timber and prairie and surrounded by fields of soybeans and corn, Monticello was founded in 1822 and named after Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate. Monticello, a National Main Street Community, boasts an intriguing history as one of the "patent medicine capitals of the world" and features elegant streets full of wide-lawned mansions, such as State Street, nicknamed "Millionaires' Row." The impressive courthouse is ringed with brick buildings from the late 1800s. The Allerton estate, a 32,000-square-foot Georgian mansion on 12,000 acres along the Sangamon River, was donated to the University of Illinois by owner Robert Allerton. Filled with sculptures from around the world, the estate has been designated by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism as one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois." In 1858, on the outskirts of Monticello, Abraham Lincoln met Stephen A. Douglas and decided to plan the debates that later won Lincoln the presidency. With its history, mansions, working railway museum, boutiques, and galleries, the community truly deserves the label "Unique Monticello."


Monticello
  • Author : Sarah Tieck
  • Publisher : ABDO Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN Code: 1617858234

Summary: Discusses the history behind the home of Declaration of Independence writer and U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson.



Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello
  • Author : Cynthia A. Kierner
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2012-05-14
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN Code: 080788250X

Summary: As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Patsy's name is familiar because of her famous father, Cynthia Kierner is the first historian to place Patsy at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways. Following her mother's death, Patsy lived in Paris with her father and later served as hostess at the President's House and at Monticello. Her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a member of Congress and governor of Virginia, was often troubled. She and her eleven children lived mostly at Monticello, greeting famous guests and debating issues ranging from a woman's place to slavery, religion, and democracy. And later, after her family's financial ruin, Patsy became a fixture in Washington society during Andrew Jackson's presidency. In this extraordinary biography, Kierner offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.


Murder at Monticello
  • Author : Jane Langton
  • Publisher : Overamstel Uitgevers
  • Release Date : 2012-03-06
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 9049985467

Summary: Two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration, a serial killer stalks Monticello Thomas Jefferson is in trouble. Two centuries after he became America’s third President, the nation’s historians have ganged up on him, intent on shattering the reputation of a man they once idolized. It’s Fern Fisher’s job to set the record straight. A hotshot young historian, she has been hired by the people at Monticello to repair Jefferson’s tattered reputation. If she isn’t careful, she could get her throat slit for her troubles. In the run-up to the celebration of Jefferson’s bicentennial, a killer prowls the area around the President’s historic home, brutally murdering any young women he can find. Harvard professor and casual sleuth Homer Kelly is in Monticello for the festivities, and is eager to reconnect with Fern, a former student. While Fern fights Jefferson’s character assassination, Homer tries to keep her safe from murder of a more literal kind.


Monticello's Dark Secret
  • Author : Betty Lynne Hull
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2012-07
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN Code: 1475936834

Summary: The moment Martha Jefferson discovers that a few drops of Negro blood course through her aristocratic veins, she knows she will do anything to keep this terrible secret from her politically ambitious husband, Thomas. When fire strikes Monticello, the resulting repairs to Thomas Jefferson's historic home reveal a human skeleton, and the questions begin. . . the "when" is easily discovered, but the "who" and the "why" weave a tantalizing mystery that is Monticello's dark secret. In this well-researched novel, which successfully melds historical fact with an intriguing 'what if', we are led back in time to the gripping tale of two women, Martha Jefferson and Betty Hemings, mother of infamous Sally Hemings, both forgotten threads in the rich tapestry of America's history. Nothing about them save their names has survived the centuries-- not a likeness nor a personal letter. We know both belonged to the same man, Thomas Jefferson, one through the vows of marriage and the other through the laws of slavery, and that both lived, dreamed and died in Virginia at a time in our new Nation when fact was more exciting than fiction. Now, we can finally know and understand them as they might have been.




Monticello: Furnishings
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1897
  • Category: Monticello (Va.)
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Facsimile copies of newspaper articles pertaining to the original contents and furnishings of Monticello which were purchased, collected or designed by Thomas Jefferson, and in many cases returned to Monticello. Topics include various objects such as violins, canes made from Thomas Jefferson's bedsteads, storm windows, rooftop weather vane, two carriages (gigs), dining room sideboard, mahogany bookcase, mahogany and leather recliner, armchairs (including a Louis XVI style), mahogany and leather campeachy chair, two tablet-back chairs, small candlestand, two Sheffield candlesticks, a sun dial, brass thermometer, self-designed spectacles, optique, an eight-day clock, grandfather clock, automatic French doors, concave mirror, punch bowl, dining room table, three dining room chairs, writing and drafting desk, lap desk, paint box, ivory memo leaflet pads, three bed pillows, colored drawing of Monticello, paintings, fossils, silk Virginia flag, an engraved gold ring, octagonal tripod table, revolving walnut bookstand, floor length mirrors, a theodolite, an epergne, pianoforte, harpsichord, maple and pine wood guitar, mahogany music rack, dumbwaiter, swivel chair, revolving desk, Windsor bench, salt servers, kitchen scales, two Dollond telescopes, silver coffee urn, medicine chest, shaving kit, silver wine vessel, engraved glass Madeira wine decanter and glass wine bottle seal, silver goblet, decorated Chinese porcelain bowls, silver half dime, and polygraph.





Monticello
  • Author : Mrs. Martin W. Littleton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1912
  • Category: Historic buildings
  • Pages : 59
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: This is one of several small booklets produced by the author as a part of her campaign to garner popular support to lobby the federal government to purchase Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, so that it could be preserved as a national shrine. Mrs. Littleton, nee Maud Elizabeth Wilson, was married to Martin W. Littleton, a prominent attorney and congressman from New York state. In addition to her writings, she gave lectures on the history of Monticello and why it should be preserved. She was most active in this pursuit from about 1911-1913, her efforts culminating in lobbying for a congressional resolution in 1912 to purchase Monticello from its then current owner, Jefferson Monroe Levy. Levy, also a congressman from New York, did not wish to sell Monticello, however the resolution was defeated. Ultimately, Levy changed his mind, and, shortly before he died in 1924, he sold Monticello to the non-profit Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.


In Memoriam
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1924
  • Category: Monticello (Va.)
  • Pages : 1
  • ISBN Code: N.A

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Monticello School Programs 1988-1989
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Category: Activity programs in education
  • Pages : 16
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Color poster with printed matter on the reverse that, once folded, becomes a mailing brochure intended for primary school teachers and administrators, detailing educational programs and tours at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia.


Holidays at Monticello
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1953
  • Category: Monticello (Va.)
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Facsimile copies of newspaper articles pertaining to the celebration of holidays, primarily Christmas, at Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello.