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Lisa De Cusati
2000 - 2004
The land that would become the plantation of Montpelier was originally purchased in 1743 by President James Madison's grandfather, Ambrose, in 1723.  His father James took over the plantation upon Ambrose's death; James, Jr., was born in 1751.  Construction of the 8-room brick house began in 1755 & was completed in 1760.  When James brought his new wife Dolley home, an 4-room addition was added, making the building into a duplex shared with his parents.  In 1809, two wings were constructed and the central dividing wall was demolished. James died in 1836, and Dolley was in control until the property was sold in 1854.  In 1901, the property was purchased by the duPont family, which made several structural changes to the home.   In 1928 Marion duPont inherited the estate, adding 2 horse racing tracks, one of which is a steeplechase.  When Marion died in 1928 she left the property the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Today the house and grounds are open to the public, and steeplechase races are held every year, with profits going to the maintenance of the property.  For more information, visit the Montpelier web site.
MONTPELIER
Home of James & Dolley Madison
Orange, VA
Montpelier
Montpelier
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MONTICELLO
Home of Thomas Jefferson
Charlottesville, VA
This beautiful home was built by Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence & the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and founder of the University of Virginia.  He began construction in 1769 at the age of 26 on land inherited from his father, Peter.  Jefferson married Martha Skelton in 1771, but sadly they had only ten years together before her death. Jefferson continued to reside at Monticello until his death on July 4, 1826, much of that time spent repeatedly tearing down and re-building his beloved home. 
The house is of Roman neoclassical style, and has 43 rooms in total.  The home is surrounded by beautiful flower gardens, a large vegetable garden, & orchards, a great deal of which have been restored.
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official Monticello web site for additional information.
West Entrance
West Entrance
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PHOTOS TAKEN SEPTEMBER, 2002
PHOTOS TAKEN JULY, 2004
THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
The "Academical Village" that is the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.  The focal point of the campus is the Rotunda building, construction of which was begun in 1823, reaching completion in 1826.  The Roman Pantheon served as it's architectural model.  During Jefferson's time, the dome room at the top of the building housed the university's library; the books it housed where personally selected by Jefferson.  The two floors below the dome room where used for classes and meetings.  The dome and the interior of the building where destroyed by fire in 1895; they were reconstructed in 1898 by renowned architect Stanford White.  He removed the second floor, added a portico to the north face of the building, and made other modifications, as well.  In 1973 the building was restored to reflect Jefferson's original design; it was re-dedicated in 1976.  In 1987, the grounds of the University of Virginia was named a World Heritage Site. 

The Rotunda is the focal point of the campus at it's north end, with The Lawn flowing southward.  Along the edges of the lawn are the Pavilions which serve as faculty housing, and student rooms.

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official University web site for additional information.
PHOTOS TAKEN JULY, 2004
PHOTOS TAKEN SEPTEMBER, 2002
North face of the Rotunda
Close up, north face of the Rotunda
North face of the Rotunda
Statue of Thomas Jefferson on northern side of Rotunda
Statue of Thomas Jefferson
Close up of Jefferson statue
Close up, Jefferson statue
Close up of portico, north face of Rotunda
Close up of portico, north face of Rotunda
View from north portico of Rotunda
View along portico
View of lawn from south portico
Garden area off south portico
Pavilion II, adjoins east side of the Rotunda
Pavilion II, adjoins east side of the Rotunda
Pavilions & student rooms, west side of The Lawn
Life size statue of Jefferson inside Rotunda
South face of the Rotunda
Student housing along east side of The Lawn
View along west side of The Lawn