Life, Liberty and the Pursuit Of Jefferson

October 31, 2010


‘Tis a great day for a little history lesson!


To the top of Monticello mountain



President Jefferson himself was there to greet us


We got the fabulous news that as Charlottesville residents, we get in FREE with a ticketed out of town guest!! We were prepared to fork over $100 for yearly passes, so this was music to our ears!


It was fun to tour the estate with our family. We started with the house tour (no photos allowed Sad smile) followed by the garden tour and a stroll through the kitchens and work areas.


The house was probably my favorite historic site I’ve been in. The design was so cozy. I reminded me a lot of my grandparents’ house! I am so impressed with Jefferson too. So creative, enthusiastic, insightful.

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The grounds were equally as impressive

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We ended the tour with a visit to Jefferson’s grave



Which was covered in coins


By 1PM, we were all ready for lunch.


We went to the nearby Southern establishment called Michie Tavern, a 200-year-old stop for colonial cousine



The menu:



There was a buffet, and folks in colonial costumes to bring out seconds (or thirds!)

I loved the tin place settings!



I enjoyed a full plate of foods – slaw, green beans, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, potatoes, BBQ, cornbread and beets. Plus a bite of Matt’s chicken and biscuit. The stewed potatoes were cooked WITH biscuits (and lots of sugar) and were my favorite bite Smile 


And now it’s time to carve our pumpkins!


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1 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks October 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm

We visited Monticello during my 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C., and it was definitely one of my favorite places on the trip! Mount Vernon is lovely too.


2 Kristy @ KristyRuns October 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Gorgeous! Looks like a fun and beautiful day with the fam. Jefferson’s house looks incredible. I especially love the grounds and the copper pots hanging on the wall. :)


3 Sara @ October 31, 2010 at 2:39 pm

That looks like so much fun!! That colonial food sounds soooo good…probably because it reminds me of old fashioned Southern food! 😉 Except maybe the beets? I still need to reintroduce myself to those now that my taste buds have gone through a complete transformation!


4 hippierunner October 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Those are such beautiful pictures! I felt like I was there too! :)


5 stacey-healthylife October 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been their before and it’s even more beautiful in the summer time.


6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm

That is so cool – it is beautiful!


7 Silvia October 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Nice vegetable garden !


8 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 31, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I went to Monticello when I visited UVA while college searching. It really is gorgeous!! Thomas Jefferson is such an interesting character- French people still love him because he was so worldly!!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I love historical tours and homes! I never cared much for history when I was a kid, but I am in love with it now. It looks like a beautiful afternoon! Have fun carving!


10 Katherine October 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm

It looks so beautiful! Your pics are really making want to visit Charlottesville.


11 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I love to visit old historical homes/estates — the scenery there is so beautiful and it is so fun to imagine actually living in these homes.

Good luck with the carving!


12 The Wife of a Dairyman October 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I’m so envious of the eastern states……there’s SO much history to be seen ‘in person’. Looking at your photos makes me really want to travel to the east and explore…..maybe when our kids get old enough to remember and gain something from the trip:)


13 Meg October 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm

What an incredible, beautiful afternoon! :)


14 thetreadmilldiaries October 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Looks like such a great outing with a delicious meal thrown in. Nice!


15 Lisa @bakebikeblog October 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm

oh my – what gorgeous photos!


16 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations October 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm

These are lovely photos. I think the first one is my favorite with the reflection in the water.


17 Simply Life October 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

oh what a fun afternoon!


18 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm

what a fun outing…makes this former-Eastern gal a bit homesick too!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


19 Melissa @ I Never Imagined October 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Gorgeous photos, Kath! Charlottesville looks like such a beautiful place to live!


20 stephanie October 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

i visited monticello for the first time in sept – i met up with my cousin who lives in Va and we went to monticello for the heritage harvest festival. it is absolutely beautiful! oh to have a garden like thomas jefferson!


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22 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm

coooool! i hated history lessons in books but “field trips” always interested me!


23 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Such beautiful pictures!!! I love historical tours like that. I remember going on one in Springfield and tourning Lincoln’s house. They told us that this one banister we were all using on the way down a staircase was used by Lincoln himself. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. lol


24 Camille October 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I love the ambiance around lunch!
Have a great time pumpkin carving!


25 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 31, 2010 at 4:58 pm

How fun!! I’d love to visit there. Thomas Jefferson was a wonderful president. We need another one like him in this century. 😀


26 Stephanie October 31, 2010 at 4:59 pm

love monticello! so many field trips there growing up, glad you had a good time :)


27 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I’m actually going to Monticello tomorrow with some family visiting from out of town so it was fun to see your pics the day before. 😀


28 Allie October 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Those are beautiful pictures and the restaurant you went to reminds me of cracker barrel because of the country cooking :)


29 Christin L. October 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm

That meal looks magnificent!!


30 Hannah October 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I have such lovely memories of visiting Monticello with a boy who became a lovely friend of mine :) We didn’t go to a proper Southern establishment for lunch afterwards though. Sigh!


31 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Oh my gosh that hearty home-style food looks SO fulfilling. Putting baked beans on my grocery list…


32 Marie-Journey to Body Zen October 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm

That place looks awesome! The food is making me hungry! I love black-eyed peas :)


33 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 31, 2010 at 7:09 pm

What’s the significance of putting coins on Jefferson’s grave?


34 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Wow, very cool trip! I once toured the Queen’s state rooms in London and even though I’m not big on historic sights, I absolutely loved it! Thanks for the history lesson, and enjoy your pumpkin carving! :)


35 Cara Craves... October 31, 2010 at 7:35 pm

So beautiful!
I love the themed buffet.


36 Rachael October 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Beautiful fall photos! I love Monticello – my dad’s from Charlottesville, and an insane history buff, so we spent many an afternoon wandering the grounds. My bank of Jefferson trivia facts is accordingly huge :)
Have fun carving pumpkins!


37 Mom October 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Rachel, Maybe you could ask him about the coins. I googled it but didn’t find anything.


38 Laura I. October 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm

So glad you liked Monticello! It’s a special place. The grounds are especially gorgeous in the spring!


39 Deirdre October 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

OMG I went to that exact same restaurant on a 7th grade class trip right after we saw Monticello! It must be a popular spot!


40 Andy October 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Oh my gosh – went there on a family vacation when I was probably 8 or so (lots of years ago) and it looks just how I remember. Neat to see the beautiful countryside and grounds again – thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and for the walk down memory lane!


41 Allison K November 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

Ok, this is the FIRST time in the history of your blog, that i have been to a restaurant you have been to! Our 7th grade class took a trip to the DC area, and we had lunch at the Michie Tavern!


42 Dee November 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Gosh! The way you guys about Charlottesville makes we want to move there!


43 Dee November 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Gosh! The way you gush* about Charlottesville makes we want to move there!

*i initially wrote guys


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