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Thomas Jefferson: An In-depth Look at the Man We Have Immortalized: Some Early Thoughts

  Written by John Ragosta, Summer Jefferson Symposium Lead Faculty; Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Fellow   The week of March 14 I spoke at several venues in Culpeper and Orange Counties about the development of religious freedom during and immediately after the American Revolution. Of course, Thomas Jefferson played a large part in those […]

“Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning” – Part 3

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History From these books along with travel Jefferson learned about architecture and the type he preferred was controlled by rules that included geometry, symmetry, balance, composition and proportion. The five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite were the controlling element and from them and […]

“Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning” – Part 2

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History Jefferson’s knowledge of architecture came from a variety of different sources since schools of architecture did not exist in North America. The major way he learned came through books, travel and observation, and construction. The architect’s role in Jefferson’s time lay not just as […]

Jefferson in England

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History Thomas Jefferson visited England three times: July 25-31, 1784, March 11-April 28 1786, and October 8-22, 1789. In addition to this first-hand knowledge, his large architectural library contained a substantial number of English architectural books. A book that Jefferson greatly valued, The Architecture of […]

Farewell, for Now

By John Ragosta I think that I am still recovering from the 2014 Summer Jefferson Symposium. While it was all great fun, speaking for myself, the intense mental focus for several days on Thomas Jefferson’s personal relationships, and how they help us to understand him and the politics of the early republic, was mentally very […]

Virginia Connections

by John Ragosta Thomas Jefferson, on his way to college at William and Mary, first met Patrick Henry at a holiday party in 1759 at the home of Nathaniel West Dandridge. (The home, known as Oldfields, still stands.) Henry, six years older than the aspiring student, was already married with several children. Yet, with good […]