Thomas Jefferson's legendary home Monticello is much more familiar to the average American than Montpelier. The mansion's exquisite architecture, designed by Jefferson himself, places it among the most famous of American structures. The west front view with its commanding octagonal dome is prominently featured on the back of the nickel, with Jefferson himself on the front. Touring this amazing residence gives insight into the true genius of Thomas Jefferson, as the rooms are filled with his numerous inventions and experiments.
The incredible play of light and shadow in the dome room.
In all, the experience of visiting Montpelier and Monticello exemplifies the very best in historic preservation and shows the importance of continuing to identify and protect structures that demonstrate the best design characteristics of their time periods. At various times throughout their long history, both Montpelier and Monticello have faced uncertain futures. Thankfully, concerned people were there to protect these irreplaceable parts of American history.