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Renovations Offer New Perspectives at Monticello

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Thanks to recent renovations, visitors to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello are seeing much more into the life of our third president.

For years curators say they've been touring small groups behind the scenes of the empty upstairs rooms inside Jefferson's home, now things are looking completely different.

Once empty and plain rooms on the top floors of Thomas Jefferson's mansion now have new life.  Nine rooms between the second and third floors have been completely renovated and furnished for the first time in 92 years. Seven rooms are bedrooms and two are discussion and meeting places. Beds, games, and books explain the many generations who walked the halls.

"That allows us to tell the stories of the family and the servants and the slaves who were taking care of those rooms, living in those rooms," said Thomas Jefferson Foundation President Leslie Greene Bowman.

"You have people from all the way from 2 months to 71 years at any given moment and all of these people have specialized needs and interests and they all use the house in very different ways,” said assistant curator Emilie Johnson.

. Researchers say the rooms and their decor are almost entirely hands on.

"We wanted families, particularly with young children, to be able to go upstairs and not be nervous about touching,” Greene Bowman stated.

"You have a way of seeing Jefferson through a very different lens in these rooms that I think just deepens our understanding of him and his time,” Johnson said.

This weekend Monticello is also unveiling an app for your phone or tablet that gives a 3-D tour of the mountaintop's Mulberry Row.
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