Monticello was home not only to Jefferson and his large family but also to as many as 135 slaves who worked the plantation’s four farms, helped construct the house and outbuildings, and labored to perform the requisite household tasks. Jefferson’s world was focused here.
Monticello was Jefferson’s retreat from the “hated occupations of politics” that drew him away from his family, his farm, and his books. Especially after his retirement, Monticello was the place where Jefferson could enjoy “the circle of our nearest connections.” He was also free, at last, to follow “the tranquil pursuits of science,” studying astronomy and the natural world around him.
Fully illustrated guide to the house, gardens, and plantation, with authoritative information on Jefferson's extraordinary life and career. Paperback, 128 pages.