President Obama will be touring Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, this monday with visiting French President Francois Hollande.
Jefferson’s home, Monticello, which overlooks Charlottesville VA, is not only a wonderful tour, but it is also a step back in history since Jefferson was the Ambassador to France from 1784-1789.
When one tours Monticello, they will see several things that influenced Jefferson during that time, specifically the architecture. Jefferson was influenced by architect James Gibbs (1682–1754), and by French Neo-classical buildings, such as the Hôtel de Salm in Paris, not to mention the Greek influence of the time. He was also inspired by the “Palladian” style as you will see at Monticello and the Rotunda at UVA, which he also designed.
I am sure President Obama and President Hollande will enjoy the tour at Monticello. We certainly do when we visit with family and friends (photo: I took this photo of Monticello on a recent visit with family). Even though he may arrive on Marine One, I am just hopeful that we do not get too much of a traffic tie-up in our small town of Charlottesville, during their visit.