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Jefferson documents, archaeological evidence, and details taken from surviving 18th-century buildings were used to develop the design of the recreated Storehouse for Iron. (Image credit: Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker, Architects)

Jefferson documents, archaeological evidence, and details taken from surviving 18th-century buildings were used to develop the design of the recreated Storehouse for Iron. (Image credit: Mesick, Cohen, Wilson, Baker, Architects)

In 1789, Jefferson wrote to James Madison ‘that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living’. . . .”   “Usufruct” means the right to use something (property, land, etc.) without its destruction or waste. Jefferson saw the earth as a common and intergenerational right. Learn more about Jefferson, sustainability, and Monticello's new geothermal system on our blog.

Jefferson and “Sustainability” Musings on the Mountaintop

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello VA

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, front entrance. Designed solely by Jefferson himself.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello South Pavilion, the first free standing brick building and Jefferson's original home while Monticello was being built.  Read more: Visiting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Charlottesville, VA home | [Washington Times Communities  Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter]

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello South Pavilion, the first free standing brick building and Jefferson's original home while Monticello was being built. Read more: Visiting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Charlottesville, VA home

Measured drawing of the lower, movable-slat version of Monticello's Venetian blinds by Gardiner Hallock

Want shutters just like Monticello?: Measured drawing of the lower, movable-slat version of Monticello's Venetian blinds by Gardiner Hallock

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