After driving for two days helping a friend move home to West Virginia, we high-tailed it to Charlottesville, Virginia, to visit Monticello and stay the night before taking the train to D.C. Tahni and her husband Joseph, were kind enough to host us and we got to catch up with sweet Christine, too. Spending time with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time made this road-trip/anniversary/vacation way more fun than it would have been otherwise!
I clearly remember doing a big project on Monticello in 5th grade and ever since then I’ve wanted to visit. It was lovely, and the above photo is one of my favorites I’ve ever taken.
In addition to enjoying the beauty and historical intricacies of the estate, we also found Thomas Jefferson’s quirky designs, innovations, and preferences so interesting. There were no bed frames; all mattresses were hung in alcoves to save space and conserve heat – even Jefferson’s! He designed his own Great Clock. And beyond its impressiveness, the room underneath the famous dome served an unknown, irregular purpose.
After seeing all of those quirks, touring the house also reminded me that sometimes there is both practical and creative value to doing things that just plain make you happy or that work best for your home, even if other folks might find it odd.
As we were looking at the Jefferson family cemetery, this headstone’s words stuck out to me. Can’t think of a sweeter tribute for a mother.
More photos from our trip coming soon!