The Price Tag of Shadwell: Arrack Punch

Submitted by Christian Tenney, Monticello Development Staff and Founder of Cocktails 101° Consulting Peter Jefferson famously purchased Shadwell, the birthplace and early home of Thomas Jefferson, in 1736 from William Randolph for the price of “[his] biggest bowl of Arrack punch.” Today that might seem like a paltry sum for acquiring 200 acres of land. However, […]

Gluten-free Cornbread That Passes the Holiday Test

Submitted by Jessica Bryars, Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to begin pulling together recipes to share with family and friends. I’m from southern Alabama and grew up eating cornbread dressing with every holiday meal. Now that I’m gluten-free, I have adapted a simple cornbread recipe that is […]

On the Table at Monticello’s Farm Table

It is harvest time in Central Virginia, and some of the most flavorful produce of the entire growing season is hitting our plates. At Monticello’s Farm Table, our seasonally changing menu is always inspired by what our farmer partners are growing and can bring to the kitchen. You’ll see lots of recipes featuring hearty winter […]

Don’t Fall Down: Prep Your Garden for Winter Now

by Jason Young, Monticello Manager and Curator of Historic Gardens I love the fall season – open windows, the crisp chill in the morning air, canning produce and watching the flowers bloom until the frost finally wins. And as a horticulturist, I can’t stress enough how important it is to use the next few weeks […]

Why Haile Thomas Wants America’s Kids to Think Different

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It’s possible that 18-year-old Haile Thomas is (not-so) quietly taking over the world, spreading her message of healthy living and empowerment for America’s youth. And we’re super ok with that. At 10, Thomas learned that her father had type 2 diabetes. So she and her family made the decision to change the way they ate […]

In the Weeds…or Not

Even Thomas Jefferson had to deal with weeds in his gardens. Some 200 years later, we’re still fighting the war on weeds at Monticello. We asked our expert gardening team to share their best tips and tricks to keep the weeds in your garden at bay.  Here’s what they told us: Bare soil will always […]