Sitting high on what used to be an 8,000 acre plot now reduced to 1,500 acres, the Jefferson designed home is an impressive structure representing many facets of Jefferson’s intellect, curiosity and talent. Only a few rooms in the 11,000 square foot home are open for viewing and no photos are allowed inside, however, you can get a glimpse in this month’s House Beautiful which has a very nice article on Monticello.
Jefferson entertained often with food prepared in a large kitchen attached to the main house. His quite forward design included clever dumb waiters and wine caddies that moved food and drink from the kitchen to the dining area.
Also attached to the house is an impressive wine cellar. Did you know that Jefferson became quite a connoisseur of fine wines when he was in Paris and is said to have influenced an appreciation for them in this country when he returned?
A taste for fine wine is just one of the things for which Jefferson is given credit. He also introduced French Vanilla ice cream. He loved pasta and had a pasta machine sent from Italy to Monticello, quite an innovation at the time. One of his favorite dishes was short pasta tubes mixed with cheese, probably what we call macaroni and cheese. While he did not invent the dish, he is said to have made it popular by serving it frequently to his many guests.
As I wandered the grounds listening and reading, I could not help but be filled with admiration for Jefferson and imagine what an interesting dinner guest he would have been.
Topping off the visit to Monticello was staying at the Foxfield Inn, a charming bed and breakfast with friendly owners who know how to do things right.
I was particularly impressed with the attention given the morning breakfast. Presentation was lovely, and the food tasted as good as it looked. I won’t tell you how many of the cinnamon twists I ate!!
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