After lunch at Michie Tavern we arrived back to a much quieter Monticello, as expected. The reenactment of the British Invasion of 1781 was over, the tents were down, the horses were gone. Our goal was simply to enjoy the lovely afternoon on the mountain top. The weather was gorgeous. Although it was a warm day, there was a gentle breeze to cool us. However to our surprise, we saw Thomas Jefferson chatting with some of the guests.
He remembered us (from many past visits) and shook our hands.
My daughter asked him if he was truly *that* calm when he heard the news that the British were coming. He confirmed that he was, indeed, *that* calm!
He discussed the cultivation of grapes. Despite our many successes over the years, this year was not going well. Jefferson gave him much information and history.
As he left, he told us to enjoy his home and gardens!
And we did!
A few more photos in the next post since this one was so heavy. Stay tuned!