Author of our Independence

Celebrating our historical heritage this July 4th and the author of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. Join us at the Adventures of ScubaJack for this Holiday field trip.

By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain.

Not only did Thomas Jefferson author the Declaration of Independence, he also wrote an estimated 19,000 letters in his lifetime. He even made copies of them as he wrote using a polygraph machine. A man of his times, statesman, inventor, farmer, he also loved vanilla ice cream which he probably first tasted while in France. He brought home the recipe, which is now in the Library of Congress, along with several Colonial artifacts. “I cannot live without books”, an avid reader, Jefferson gifted thousands of books to create the Library of Congress.

Jefferson was also the brilliant architect his home- Monticello. It took nearly 40 years to finish 33 rooms on four floors of this grand house. Most of the rooms were octagonal, as he loved the shape. The doors were rigged with a special handle so that two doors could be closed using just one handle. He had decorated the ceiling with skylights because he wanted to bring the beauty of the outside in. Jefferson also loved to hear mockingbirds sing and used to keep at least four at a time, and named his favorite songbird “Dick.”

Other gratitude to Thomas Jefferson, as the brain trust behind the idea and design of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville development. Thomas Jefferson was also the third U.S. President and coincidentally died on July 4, 1826 in Charlottesville.

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