"I cannot live without books" - Thomas Jefferson

As you wait to take the bus up to Monticello from the parking lot, you see a striking statue of Thomas Jefferson sculpted by Ivan Schwartz - an artist known for his historical statues, such as one of George and Martha Washington at Mt. Vernon. This statue shows a 6' 2" Jefferson at the age of 74. The artist measured Jefferson's clothes to get an accurate assessment of his actual size. Many visitors to Monticello have had their pictures taken with the statue, and many more have decided that rubbing it is good luck. That practice may have to stop though, so the wear doesn't distort the figure. We think he looks rather dashing