‘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) 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.
The grounds were equally as impressive
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
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
And now it’s time to carve our pumpkins!