Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Monticello and The Michie Tavern

We were able to go to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. I came once before about 15 years ago. Again it was foggy. We weren't allowed to take photos inside the house. It's a worthwhile stop. The family history alone is fascinating.

In addition there are lots of interesting details regarding the architecture and technical innovations that Jefferson implemented.

Slave cabins at Monticello. I bought a book that I have been reading regarding the relationships between Jefferson and the families there.

 Textile mill building at Monticello. There is also a museum and several exhibits there.

 At the bottom of the hill where Monticello is located, is the Michie Tavern (pronounced Mickey tavern). The tavern was built in 1784 by  Michie who was with George Washington at Valley Forge. The tavern was moved to this location several years later by a woman who made the building into an antique store.

It currently has a restaurant that serves traditional southern food. It was quite good! And then we toured the original tavern building where folks stayed.

 Our tour guide.

This is the horn that was used to announce the stage's imminent arrival.

It was interesting that if you arrived at the tavern, a bed was not guaranteed. You were expected to share the bed with strangers. This was men only. Women had to stay with their spouse in the private room upstairs if it was available.

Family room

The family room opened right onto this ballroom area and you had no control over the noise and activity in this area.

This gun was used in the American revolution at Valley Forge.

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