Thomas jeffersons mansion stands atop his mountain like the platonic ideal of a house a perfect creation existing in an ethereal realm literally above the clouds to reach monticello you . Thomas jefferson was born into the planter class of a slave society as defined by the historian ira berlin in which slavery was the main means of labor production he was the son of peter jefferson a prominent slaveholder and land speculator in virginia and jane randolph granddaughter of english and scots gentry when jefferson turned 21 he inherited 5000 acres 20 km 2 of land 52 . Monticello little mountain was the home from 1770 until his death in 1826 of thomas jefferson author of the declaration of independence and third president of the united states it is also an architectural masterpiece jefferson was one of americas first and finest architects and he created rebuilt and revised the house throughout his long life no presidents home than
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