I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, & the independance of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital. … for tho’ there is less wealth there, there is more freedom, more ease & less misery.
–Paris Sep. 6. 1785, letter to Baron von Geismar
The East coast is rich in touchable history. Growing up on the West coast, I learned stories of the early United States in history class, but it was all from afar. Oregon is decidedly younger than Virginia. Having the opportunity to stand where great men and women of the past have lived and worked, made decisions, rallied support, and even bled and died in heart-wrenching pursuit of goals makes those events feel very much more real- and creates a deepened sense of how the past connects to the present and future.
Monticello is beautifully preserved and restored. It isn’t hard to see why Mr. Jefferson was so reverent about his home.Pin It