was obviously a must-visit during our Charlottesville stop.
It is the beautiful and historic home of Thomas Jefferson.
We spent a morning up on the mountain touring the house
and property, learning so much more about our third President.
^^ We had plenty of historical options before us in Charlottesville.
We wanted to make it to Montpelier as well, but the extra drive
ended up being a little too long so we stuck with Monticello.
^^ 3 tickets for our party of 3!
The views from the mountain are beautiful looking down on
Charlottesville and even UVA campus (which Jefferson designed)
The front of the house ^^
Cute Monticello visitor ^^ She slept through the whole
house tour and woke up once we were outside. Good girl!
Teaching her young to love history :)
Just a little mad because we made her take
a picture before eating :) haha this face! ^^
It was so interesting to walk the property after and see all
of the clever little inventions Jefferson added to the property.
I had no idea he was not only a political genius, but an
architectural one as well! He was such a student of life, always
learning and innovating any chance he could…languages,
literature, design, religion, you name it. He reminds me of Chase!
Baby and I took a scenic nursing break while Chase chatted with TJ ;)
After the main house grounds we walked the path down
through the cemetery where Jefferson is buried.
Jefferson’s grave ^^ He died on the 4th of July, exactly
50 years after writing the Declaration of Independence.
It was really so inspiring and powerful to realize what
this man did for our country and how inspired he was.
We are lucky to enjoy those rights and freedoms today!
This is still a family cemetery where relatives of Jefferson are buried.
I loved these two cute headstones…”A Perfect Gentleman,” “A Talented Lady”
Such a beautiful walk down to the bottom ^^
After going back in time at Monticello, we continued our journey
back in time for lunch afterwards at the historic Michie Tavern,
dating from 1784. It’s just below Monticello and has been a tavern
for 200+ years. It’s been restored for visitors to experience the
same food and hospitality that was offered back then! We bellied
up to a buffet of southern fried chicken, baked chicken, hickory-
smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk
biscuits, peach cobbler, the WORKS. It was quite a treat (literally!)
Homemade apple cider ^^
…and peach cobbler! Always the best.
After lunch we stopped into the historic store filled with
lots of fun gifts and old-fashioned kettle-cooked candy.
Then it was time for a tour from this darling docent ^^
^^ Loved these ladies and our step back in time!
If you visit Charlottesville, add Monticello, Michie’s Tavern,
and Carter Mountain Orchard to the list. They are all right by
each other and make for a fun, history-filled, delicious day!