A Student of History

January 28, 2008


Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 2:22 pm

As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard the historic and scenic nature of the views from Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., has purchased a prime 330-acre adjacent parcel, which Jefferson called Montalto (“high mountain”). Acquired by Jefferson in the 1770s, Montalto, which is commonly known as Brown’s Mountain, arises approximately 400 feet above Monticello across Route 53. At $15 million, this purchase is the largest single acquisition in the history of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Coincidentally, Jefferson championed another significant land acquisition for the exact same price in 1803: the Louisiana Purchase.  Image of Monticello Vegetable Garden with Montalto (Brown's Mountain) in the background

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s goal is to raise $15 million for the acquisition of Montalto. If fulfilled, this objective will protect a natural setting, celebrate history, accommodate the present, set a precedent for the future, and preserve Jefferson’s view and legacy.

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