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Charlottesville, VA — Monticello

Jefferson’s Monticello sits on a hill overlooking the town and the university campus.

The nephew of Commodore Uriah Levy purchased Monticello soon after the Civil Way.  It was in very bad shape and Levy restored the property to its original glory.  Thanks to him we can still enjoy it today.

Monticello was designed by Thomas Jefferson

Monticello was designed by Thomas Jefferson

Promenades extend like arms from the main building, providing walkways with beautiful views of the valleys beneath.  Underneath the promenades the utility operations are hidden, including the food preparation, storage, et cetera.  The wine cellar is located beneath the columned entrance.

The main building seen from a promenade

The main building seen from a promenade

Study Corrals surround the Rotunda’s second floor

Study Corrals surround the Rotunda’s second floor

Wine cellar door is reinforced with steel straps and secured with a heavy lock to protect the precious spirits

Wine cellar door is reinforced with steel straps and secured with a heavy lock to protect the precious spirits

The wine cellar is located below the main entrance, where the spirits were stored in boxes and barrels

The wine cellar is located below the main entrance, where the spirits were stored in boxes and barrels

Wine bottles on shelves and in crates

Wine bottles on shelves and in crates

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