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    Jefferson's Wine Jelly Recipe
    "I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk, & restorative cordial."                       -Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, Aug. 17, 1811 We have reams of material on the food and cookery of Thomas Jefferson's day in Virginia--much of it recorded by Jefferson himself. In addition to all of […]
    Win Our Holiday Favorites
    The Shop at Monticello is offering a NEW holiday contest this year! Anyone can head on over to Pinterest and Pin to Win a Monticello Musical Snow Globe. Monticello is truly beautiful after a new snow. Our highly collectible snow globe is an accurate three dimensional view of the home of Thomas Jefferson. The semicircular globe sits on a faux wood resin base. […]
    Modern Uses for Monticello Classics
    The house was in an unfinished state, and when Mr. Seymour observed it, Mr. Jefferson replied—“And I hope it will remain so during my life, as architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favourite amusements.” –Thomas Jefferson (as told by Margaret Bayard Smith) Thomas Jefferson was constantly designing and reinventing furnishings […]
    In Bloom at Monticello: Scarlet Pentapetes
    If you have visited Monticello recently, you may have enjoyed the vibrant Scarlet Pentapetes that has been flowering near by the winding walk. Jefferson sowed seed of this tender annual along his flower border in 1811, calling it “Scarlet Mallow.”  He likely received seed from Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon, who noted the flower in his book, The Ame […]
    Jefferson in France: Then and Now
    The five years that Thomas Jefferson lived in Paris, France made for some of the most influential times in his life. While abroad, Jefferson had the opportunities to experience great art and architecture, some of which followed him back to the states. The Hôtel de Salm, which currently houses the headquarters of the Legion of Honor, was a building that great […]
    Staff Pick: Calendula
    Calendula, or Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis), is a great plant in both seed and flower. TJ sowed “Marygold,” an old name for Calendula, on April 2, 1767, at Shadwell. The seeds have a rather interesting shape: they resemble cat’s claws, according to a longtime Monticello groundskeeper. Showing a preference for cooler temperatures, the cheery yellow flo […]