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Charlottesville, Monticello & Montpelier
August 2013
We all learn about Thomas Jefferson in school and see his home on our ten dollar bills but visiting Monticello gives you a fascinating insight into the actual man and his life that pages in a book just don't convey. While in Central Virginia to visit Monticello, we stayed in Charlottesville. We spent a lot of time at the Historic Downtown Pedestrian Mall. I wish more cities would build an area like this for pedestrians where you can shop or dine outdoors at any of many excellent restaurants.

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3-02 Tobacco Trailer 3-04 Downtown Pedestrian Mall 3-05 Paramount Theater
Just driving behind a trailer full of tobacco
Charlottesviile's Downtown Pedestrian Mall is a cool place to shop and dine
The Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville
3-07 Chalk Wall 3-08 Downtown Pedestrian Mall 3-11 Downtown Pedestrian Mall
The chalk wall at Charlottesviile's Downtown Pedestrian Mall has surprisingly few profanities
Charlottesviile's Downtown Pedestrian Mall is a cool place to shop and dine
It was perfect weather for dining outside at Charlottesviile's Downtown Pedestrian Mall
3-12 Davenport Building 3-13 Monticello Sign 3-14 Monticello Driveway
The Davenport Building in downtown Charlottesville
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
The driveway leading up to Monticello
3-15 Thomas Jefferson Statue 3-16 Monticello 3-18 Monticello
Lifesized statue of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
3-19 Monticello 3-20 Gardens 3-21 Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
The garden tour at Monticello was as interesting as the house itself
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
3-22 Fish Pond 3-23 Monticello 3-24 South Pavillion
The fish pond was used to hold fish until they were ready to be used for dinner
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
The South Pavillion of Monticello
3-25 Flower 3-28 Garden 3-30 Peppers
One of many flowers in the gardens at Monticello
The gardens at Monticello still grow varieties of fruits and vegetables that Jefferson grew
Peppers in the gardens at Monticello
3-31 Garden View 3-32 Garden 3-33 Garden
The view from the Monticello garden is spectacular
The gardens at Monticello still grow varieties of fruits and vegetables that Jefferson grew
The gardens at Monticello still grow varieties of fruits and vegetables that Jefferson grew
3-34 Vineyard 3-35 Sea Kale 3-38 Garden
The Monticello vineyard
Sea kale in the gardens at Monticello
The gardens at Monticello still grow varieties of fruits and vegetables that Jefferson grew
3-41 Cemetary Gate 3-42 Jefferson Grave 3-44 Cemetary
The Jefferson family cemetary
Thomas Jefferson's grave
The Jefferson family cemetary
3-47 Kitchen 3-50 Wine Cellar 3-51 Michie Tavern
The kitchen at Monticello
The wine cellar at Monticello
The Michie Tavern
3-54 Montpelier 3-56 Slave Quarters 3-58 Dupont Gardens Entrance
James Madison's Montpelier
These wood frames represent the prior location of the slave quarters
The gardens at Montpelier were built while the Duponts owned the property
3-59 Dupont Gardens 3-61 Archway 3-62 Montpelier Grounds
The gardens at Montpelier were built while the Duponts owned the property
The gardens at Montpelier were built while the Duponts owned the property
Walking around the grounds of Montpelier
3-65 Madison Grave 3-67 Mom & Madisons Statue 3-69 Montpelier
James Madison's grave
My mother and the Madisons
James Madison's Montpelier
3-70 Kitchen 3-72 Madison's Temple 3-73 Shrimp and Grits
The kitchen at Montpelier
James Madison's Temple actually sits atop the icehouse
The shrimp and grits at Positively 4th Street were delicious.
3-74 UVA Medical Center
The view from our hotel room was the University of Virginia Medical Center

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