|La Rotonda, Vicenza, Italy|
|Entering the vegetable garden|
|A view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and TJ orchard.|
|An old fireplace from a slave quarters. All that remains.|
|Down in the cellars. These run directly under the house and are connected to the outside. Hard to explain. You'll have to see for yourself.|
|A Jeffersonian Lizard|
|Thomas Jefferson never grew grapes or made wine during his lifetime although he very much wanted to and bought land to create a vineyard. It wasn't until the 1980s that the land was purchased and a vineyard created. We went for a taste.|
Upon Thomas Jefferson's death he was over $100,000 in debt. His entire estate, furnishings, and slaves were sold. Later owners were unprofitable cultivating crops and left his house and property to the government who didn't know what to do with it for decades leaving it to fall into disrepair. It wasn't until almost a half century after his death that the Levy family bought and began to repair the home. In 1923 the Levy family sold the home to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation who own the estate today.
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I hope you've enjoyed this and be sure to have a bright day!