October 3 and 7
I love American history, particularly the period around the Revolutionary War. It fascinates me to see how a new nation can be born and what led up to this revolution taking place.
With this mindset I looked forward to touring the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Both proud Virginians I found they had a connection from a very early age when GW was a surveyor and worked with TJ’s father. Both were early explorers of the Natural Bridge where GW left his mark. GW may not have cut down the cherry tree but he did inscribe his initials in the rock.
Both estates show the grandeur of the age and told stories of being expanded after inheritance. And both show the history of life on a plantation, growing crops and experimenting with farming practises. And also having the use of slaves as was prevalent at the time. The writings say both men were opposed to slavery and both left it for others to deal with while remaining slave owners until their deaths.
It is a credit to the people who followed that both these estates remain as they were over 200 years ago and have been renovated to their full glory. The legacy they left from being leaders of their new country is still being felt today and they deserve all the recognition and celebration they receive.