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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CoinsAndPins
N 38° 00.621 W 078° 27.130
17S E 723679 N 4210027
Quick Description: Thomas Jefferson's home
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2007 1:29:55 PM
Waymark Code: WM1E7C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 392

Long Description:
Construction started in 1769 and was never really completed until 40 years later in 1809. Thomas Jefferson was constantly revising the house, and would usually incorporate design aspects he saw and liked in other homes and buildings both in America and Europe.

The housing structure is comprised of 43 rooms with 33 of the rooms in the house itself and the remainder in the outlying attached structures. Most of the materials were drawn from the surrounding land and processed on the plantation.

There are North and South wings of the house. One wing has the kitchen, smoke house, and other facilities. The other wing was used mostly as stables.

The weather vane, located at the entrance of the East front of the house, has a compass rose at the base of it showing the direction of the wind. Since Thomas Jefferson's family was one of the few first settlers of the area, he used this weather vane and compass rose combination to keep record of the wind direction statistics in this area.

The dome of the house was not part of the original design, but was added after Thomas Jefferson returned from France. The function of the room located in the dome is unclear and speculation has been made that it was used for storage or as a guest bedroom.

After Thomas Jefferson's death, the family had to sell the home to pay his large debt. The second owner had the plantation for two years and then it was purchased by Uriah P. Levy. Levy owned the home for nearly 30 years. During the Civil War, the Confederates seized the home and sold it. A long legal battle ensued by the Levy family and was finally granted ownership to Jefferson Monroe Levy in 1879.

In 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation purchased the home and still owns it to this day.

The home is open for tours daily. A portion of the home has been recently restored and more restoration is planned to return additional parts of the facility into its original state before it was set up for tours many years ago. Photographs are not allowed inside the home to protect some of the artwork.

You can purchase tout tickets at the visitor center, or you can reserve tickets on their website: (visit link)

I recommend purchasing tickets in advance as the tours can fill up fast. If not, then I recommend getting your tickets early in the day.

See the website for more information about the plantation and tours: (visit link)
Link to the Homestead: [Web Link]

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Additional Parking or Point of Interest: N 38° 00.308 W 078° 27.137

Structure Type: Stone

Visit Instructions:
A clear picture of the Homestead,Marker or Plaque taken by you. And if you like a picture of you and GPS at the marker.
No Copyrighted images please.
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