Piedmont Region

Updated 10/12/10

In Podcast #34 David and Alfonso take you to Thomas Jefferson’s home, the Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We couldn’t film the inside, but we’ll show you around the outside and explore the grounds together.  Find out how Thomas Jefferson’s home was similar to a small town, complete with roads, shops and farms.  See where Thomas Jefferson is buried, and learn why the date of his death is so surprising.  You’ll even meet Alfonso’s family (and a long-lost look-alike). Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Monticello is Italian for “little mountain.” Can you guess why?  Because it was built on a little mountain.  This actually caused a big problem for Jefferson.  You know that water runs downhill, and since the Monticello is on a hill, there was very little water.  Jefferson solved the problem by collecting rain water from the roof of the Monticello using gutters and cisterns (Source).  Thomas Jefferson not only designed the Monticello, he also designed the state capitol building in Richmond (see Podcast #4).  He may have even submitted a design for the White House under the false name, or a pseudonym, “A.Z.”  However, it did not win the contest (Source).

SOL Correlation:

1.3 The student will discuss the lives of people associated with Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, and the events of Independence Day (Fourth of July).


3.11b The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation of a republican form of government by b) identifying the contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr.;


VS.4a The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by a) explaining the importance of agriculture and its influence on the institution of slavery;


VS.5b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by b) identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;


VS.6b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by b) identifying the ideas of George Mason and Thomas Jefferson as expressed in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom;

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