Monday, October 27, 2008

historic house tour: monticello

There are some houses that just leave you a little breathless. Monitcello is one of those. And yesterday was a glorious day to visit ~ clear, crisp, and autumnal! After a refreshing hike up to the house (we skipped the shuttle bus), we wandered in the gardens and marveled over Jefferson's magnificent "sea view." The house itself is extraordinary ~ full of delightful details that invite one to linger, and send one running afterwards to consult Susan Stein's The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. I was thrilled to be treated to a private tour of the Dome Room, which is generally not open to the public (for a bit more history on it, see here) ~ perfect in its proportions, white trim, green floor, and yellow walls. While photography is not allowed in the house, there is an excellent room-by-room tour available online (thanks to Mr. R for the link!).

I will be back tomorrow with a bit more from the weekend ~ in the mean time, the rest of the Monticello visit is up on flickr. Cheers and happy monday!


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images, and I loved seeing all the others on flickr. Thank you! cgb

Anonymous said...

One of my all time favorite houses – though I can’t help feeling that (amidst the beauty) Jefferson was a lonely figure. KDM

glp said...

Thank you for these lovely images. I have not been to Monticello since I was wearing pigtails & I really have to plan a trip! glp

Style Court said...

Janet -- thanks for sharing. I envy you that tour of the Dome Room!

Style Court said...

P.S. -- I love the outfit you wore for the tour. Perfect for fall in Virginia :)

Be the change..... said...

What a perfect day you had to visit! I love Montecello, I think it's time for another visit; thanks for the inspiration! PS - finally adding you to my blogroll -sorry for the long delay!

John R. said...

What a great post re: Monticello, Janet! Enjoy Susan's book (the "bible" re: Monticello collections).

Pigtown-Design said...

wonderful! looks like a gorgeous day. snow's expected here tonight!

Anonymous said...

You've made me homesick for Virginia........