The Founding Fathers’ Homes

The original Founding Fathers didn’t seem to move around too much. You know, sell their homes and find another. George Washington loved Mount Vernon so much that he wanted to return there instead of serving another term as President.

Thomas Jefferson loved Monticello and continued rebuilding and remodeling all his life. James Madison, his close friend, likewise loved Montpelier. That’s where he grew up, lived after marriage and after he served as President. That’s where he eventually passed away.

On the other hand, John Adams moved from Braintree to Boston, and then to a second home in Boston. And Patrick Henry moved from Hanover, Virginia, to Scotchtown, to Williamsburg (the Governor’s Mansion), and eventually to Red Hill, where he retired and died.

Their homes sometimes had very unique features. Like smaller bedrooms, separate “ballrooms”, blacksmith shops, etc.

I like how Snoopy explains it. He’s on the top of his doghouse and hears the words from someone apparently showing his house to a prospective buyer. The hidden person from inside his doghouse exclaims: “Be careful of the turn in the stairs. . . notice the beautiful carpeting and the mural. . . .” Yes, all in the doghouse!

Then more words from ‘someone’: “This, of course, is his pool table . . . the library is in here . . . Notice the fluorescent lighting.”

Snoopy is now lying down on the roof of his doghouse (woof), and hears: “And look over here . . . I’ll bet this is something you never expected to see . . .”

Last comic frame has Snoopy sitting up and smiling: “FANTASTIC !” And Snoopy with his large smile says: “I can always tell when they have come to my Van Gogh!”

That’s probably how Thomas Jefferson feels as people view his home at Monticello.

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