Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello. Designed by Jefferson, Monticello sits at the top of a small mountain to the south of Charlottesville. A reflection of a complex man, the house holds a museum of the American frontier, a 1,500 volume library, and the first dome on an American house. I felt the rooms were comfortably sized and intimate.
The vegetable garden, on the southeast slope of the mountain, was designed as a food source and laboratory. Over three football fields in length, over 330 varieties of vegetables were grown here. It has inspired me to plant a “square” in the garden behind my house. The terrace was cut out of the mountain and moved using carts and mules. It has some fantastic views out to the south.