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    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 […]
    5 Favorites from an American Top Landmark
    In celebration of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello being named one of Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Landmark Attractions in 2014, here's a list of five of our favorite Jeffersonian keepsakes. These selections, both stylish and useful, were chosen for their link to Jefferson and his historic home. Your purchase of these classic gifts from The Shop supports Mon […]
    Crispy Pickled Green Beans with Mary Randolph’s Pepper Vinegar
    Although few recipes from Thomas Jefferson's household survive, in 1824 Mary Randolph, Jefferson's daughter Martha's sister-in-law published The Virginia Housewife, a cookbook that we believe contains many recipes Jefferson enjoyed. There was much contact between the Monticello family and Mrs. Randolph in the ten years before Jefferson's […]
    On This Day in History: Lewis & Clark
    [caption id="attachment_4457" align="alignright" width="225"] Recreations of artifacts sent to Jefferson by Meriwether Lewis hang in the Hall of Monticello[/caption] Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to explore the northwest territory in order to observe a transcontinental route and natural res […]
    "the cement of this union..."
    On February 14, 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Lafayette, "the cement of this union is in the heart blood of every American. I do not believe there is on earth a government established on so immovable a basis."  The image above is from Monticello's July 4th ceremony. There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Mo […]
    NEW Red, White, and Blue!
    "...the paper of July 4.76 was but the Declaration, the genuine effusion of the soul of our country at that time." -Thomas Jefferson to James Mease, September 16, 1825 Decorate and dine with festive American flare this Memorial Day or Fourth of July! These new selections are perfect for your patriotic summer picnic or party. Looking for a ready-to- […]