So last Thursday night we slept in a nice Sleep Inn there in Charlottesville, where we met up with the McC's, who had spent the day at UVa. Christine had all sorts of helpful information to pass on! After a nice breakfast, it was on to Monticello, where we met up with the Cr family. Michele, who teaches our 5th/6th grade lit class, had put together this field trip for us, and she did an outstanding job!
I really enjoyed seeing the house, especially Thomas Jefferson's chamber. I just loved all the windows and the lack of corners, with all the interestingly shaped rooms! And his desk was so fascinating, with the "polygraph" machine he designed to make a second copy of what he was writing, and the turning fold-up book rack. I want one of those! I was really impressed by Jefferson's willingness to learn whatever he needed to do whatever he had set his mind to. Very inspirational!
After lunch, we watched a 15 minute film called "Thomas Jefferson's World", and then we toured an exhibit there in the visitor's center. It had a lot of details about the building of the house, which I found very interesting. Really, there are so many interesting details about Jefferson's life because he kept such meticulous diaries! It is such a gift that a man who ended up being so famous and leaving such a lasting legacy kept such detailed notes. You would think that someone keeping those diaries would have to be really boring, not someone famous, lol.
We took the opportunity to drive through the campus of UVa, just so the boys could see it. They really weren't that impressed. There were so many students swarming all over, and there were busy roads with lots of traffic all around. Plus, Charlottesville is just a bigger city than Blacksburg, and that's not actually an advantage in their minds. On our way out, we took a wrong turn, so we had to drive down a road with a bunch of fraternity houses. People were just milling around, climbing on roofs, etc., and the houses just looked pretty ratty. That was the final nail in the coffin, lol, and neither boy now has any desire to go there. Although when Luke is really looking at schools, we will probably go back down and actually take a tour and meet with people. That will be better than just a drive-through! Nathan for sure doesn't want to go someplace with just a small ROTC detachment, so it's a non-issue for him.
We had such a fun day, and we were so thankful the weather was so beautiful for this whole little trip! We made it home that night and were so glad to be there. I was so tired. The next day Nathan and Luke had to get up early to take the ACT. Nathan was able to drive himself and Luke over there, which was absolutely lovely! That gave me some time to recover!