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    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- […]
    The Revolving Bookstand: Jefferson, Architecture & Monticello
    "Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements." –Thomas Jefferson (as told by Margaret Bayard Smith)   Jefferson spent much of his life "putting up and pulling down," most notably during the forty-year construction period of Monticello. Influenced by his readings of ancient and modern architec […]
    Celebrate Graduation with Jefferson-Inspired Gifts
    "This institution of my native state, the hobby of my old age, will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind, to explore and to expose every subject susceptible of it's contemplation." -Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia December 26, 1820 Commemorate graduation with these Jefferson-inspired pieces! Classic and timeless […]