Below is a picture... guess where?
Think 5000 acre farm.
Think wonderful garden and gardener.
Think 200 years ago.
Think Thomas Jefferson.
You guessed it... Monticello.
This Sunday I went to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. I had no idea that Jefferson was such an agrarian. He said that every farmer should be trying to create a plant that will help better feed mankind. Of course he did not use genetic engineering, but instead used cross breeding techniques to try and develop this wonder plant. He never created that plant and died broke with a debt of about 2 million today dollars. His family had to sell off his possessions, including his slaves, in order to match the debt.
One of the stories I learned about really put into perspective life in the early 1800s. One of his slave families, the Fossets, was split-up at his death. Mr. Fosset was one of the blacksmiths on the farm and his wife was the head cook. In his will Jefferson freed Mr. Fosset but not his family which includes 10 children. Fosset was able to free his wife and several of the children though not all of them. I couldn't imagine going through that kind of strife.
I'll leave you with a picture of me behind the house at Monticello. The one handed handstand has become my way of posing for picture in front of famous places.