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-Chronology+The mountain that [[Thomas Jefferson]] named '''Montalto''' is a part of the Carter's Mountain range and is today sometimes known as Brown's Mountain. In 1777, Jefferson purchased 483 acres of land on the mountain from Edward Carter, the second son of John Carter, who had received the land from King George II as his Colonial Secretary. Jefferson never built anything on Montalto, although he did draw plans for an observation tower there. Following Jefferson's death, the land was inherited by his daughter [[Martha Jefferson Randolph]]. In 1832, Montalto was sold to Benjamin Sneed, and subsequently passed through numerous owners.<ref>Susan Brown Craig, ''Living on the Mountain:A Memoir'', Mechanicsburg, PA: Burnt Tree Press, 2006, 1-2.</ref>
-1771. TJ took steps to acquire the mountain he would call+ 
-High Mountain and Hontalto.+In 1905, the land was purchased by James Addison Patterson, who began construction of the house and barns, designed by architect Charles Barton Keen. The house was named “Repose”, and upon Patterson's death in 1931, was bequeathed to the Martha Jefferson Hospital, who rented portions of it out.<ref>Ibid, 2-3.</ref>
-In exchange for legal services for Edward Carter (docking+ 
-the entail of the Carter lands), T J was to receive "as much+In 1950, the property was purchased by Lois and Nelson Brown, for whom it is now named. The Brown family renovated the house and made minor additions.<ref>Ibid, 4-5.</ref> In the 1950s, the Brown's operated a gift shop out of the barn, until it burned in 1959. After that time, the remaining barns were rented as apartments.<ref>Ibid, 11-13.<ref> In the early 1970s, the Brown's sold the property, which is today owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
 + 
 +‘’’Chronology’’’
 + 
 +‘’1771.’’ TJ took steps to acquire the mountain he would call
 +High Mountain and Montalto. In exchange for legal services for Edward Carter (docking
 +the entail of the Carter lands), TJ was to receive "as much
of his nearest mountain as can be seen from mine, and 100 of his nearest mountain as can be seen from mine, and 100
yds. beyond the lines of sight agreed before Capt. Burton." yds. beyond the lines of sight agreed before Capt. Burton."
(MB 1771, legal section) (MB 1771, legal section)
-1776 Sep. 15. TJ took a barometric reading on the summit of+ 
-Hontalto, in order to calculate its elevation. (HB 1776,+‘’1776 Sep. 15’’ TJ took a barometric reading on the summit of
 +Montalto, in order to calculate its elevation. (HB 1776,
miscellaneous section) miscellaneous section)
-1777 Oct. 17. TJ became legal owner of 483 acres of Hontalto.+ 
-( AlCDB, VII, 132-33)+‘’1777 Oct. 17.’’ TJ became legal owner of 483 acres of Montalto.
-Instead of docking the entail, TJ apparently had to wait+( AlCDB, VII, 132-33) Instead of docking the entail, TJ apparently had to wait
for the 1777 Virginia law abolishing entails (which he for the 1777 Virginia law abolishing entails (which he
drafted) before he could obtain title to the land. He paid drafted) before he could obtain title to the land. He paid
t190 for it. (HB 15 Oct. 1777, 2 Aug. 1778) t190 for it. (HB 15 Oct. 1777, 2 Aug. 1778)
-1778 Nov. 5. TJ considered enclosing 400 acres of HontaZto with+ 
 +‘’1778 Nov. 5.’’ TJ considered enclosing 400 acres of Montalto with
a stone wall. (GB79) a stone wall. (GB79)
-17706, probably post Nov. 1778. TJ prepared several designs for+ 
-structures planned for the summit of Hontalto: observation+‘’1770s, probably post Nov. 1778.’’ TJ prepared several designs for
-towers 100' high, a 200' column. None were ever contructed.+structures planned for the summit of Montalto: observation
 +towers 100' high, a 200' column. None were ever constructed.
(Nichols, Nos. 65, 66, 93, 126) (Nichols, Nos. 65, 66, 93, 126)
-1796. T J gave Nicholas H. Lewis 12.5 acres of Hontalto in+ 
-exchange for 27.5 acres on Honticello's western boundary.+‘’1796.’’ TJ gave Nicholas H. Lewis 12.5 acres of Montalto in
 +exchange for 27.5 acres on Monticello's western boundary.
(HB 21 Dec. 1796; AlCDB, XIII, 130; TJ plat, Nichols, no. (HB 21 Dec. 1796; AlCDB, XIII, 130; TJ plat, Nichols, no.
517) 517)
-~ 1 8 0 0 1 T J planned improvements to Honticello and Hontalto, to+ 
 +‘’c1800 ?’’ TJ planned improvements to Monticello and Montalto, to
include bringing water from the Montalto spring by pipes or a include bringing water from the Montalto spring by pipes or a
-cascade, converting Hontelto to "park & riding grounds," and+cascade, converting Montalto to "park & riding grounds," and
constructing a bridge between the two tracts over the constructing a bridge between the two tracts over the
Thoroughfare Gap road. (GB, plate XX) Thoroughfare Gap road. (GB, plate XX)
-1802. TJ bought 101.25 acres on northern boundary of Montalto,+ 
 +‘’1802. ‘’TJ bought 101.25 acres on northern boundary of Montalto,
for which he paid 9419.16. (AlCDB, I. 165-67; MB 5 Oct. for which he paid 9419.16. (AlCDB, I. 165-67; MB 5 Oct.
1802; TJ plats, Nichols, nos. 518-19) 1802; TJ plats, Nichols, nos. 518-19)
-1815. TJ gave the above 101.25 acres to his granddaughter Anne+ 
-Cary Bankhead. It became?%$ the Bankhead's farm, Carlton.+‘’1815.’’ TJ gave the above 101.25 acres to his granddaughter Anne
-( AlCDB, XIX, 322-24) A+Cary Bankhead. It became part of the Bankhead's farm, Carlton.
-1826. TJ apparently owned Montalto at his death, when it became+( AlCDB, XIX, 322-24)
 + 
 +‘’1826. ‘’ TJ apparently owned Montalto at his death, when it became
part of his estate administered by his grandson Thomas part of his estate administered by his grandson Thomas
Jefferson Randolph. The next owner has not yet been Jefferson Randolph. The next owner has not yet been
determined. determined.
-HB. Hemorandurn Book+ 
-AlCDB. Albemarle County Deed Book+ 
-Nichols. Frederick D. Nichols, Thomas Jefferson's &gh&tectural+‘’’Documentary Sources’’’
-DraEinss+ 
-LCStanton, Monticello Research Department. 10. I. 90+‘’1771 March. 24.’’ "Charles Carter of Corotoman (Lancaster) v. Edward
-MONTALTO+
-Documentary Sources+
-1771 Mch. 24. "Charles Carter of Corotoman (Lancaster) v. Edward+
Carter (Albemarle). Bring petn. for 10,000 acres of land Carter (Albemarle). Bring petn. for 10,000 acres of land
Albem. on South West mountains on the waters of Rivanna and Albem. on South West mountains on the waters of Rivanna and
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from mine, and 100 yds. beyond the line of sight agreed from mine, and 100 yds. beyond the line of sight agreed
before Capt. Wm. Burton. " (MB 1771, legal section) before Capt. Wm. Burton. " (MB 1771, legal section)
-1774 Oct. 3. Preliminary survey plat made for TJ by Anderson+ 
 +‘’1774 Oct. 3.’’ Preliminary survey plat made for TJ by Anderson
Bryan. (in ViU:Edgehill-Randolph Papers) Bryan. (in ViU:Edgehill-Randolph Papers)
-1776 Sep. 15. TJ took barometrical observations at two+ 
 +‘’1776 Sep. 15.’’ TJ took barometrical observations at two
points at Monticello and two on Montalto ("a spring on the points at Monticello and two on Montalto ("a spring on the
N.E. side of Montalto" and "the top of Montalto"). From N.E. side of Montalto" and "the top of Montalto"). From
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NOTE: Rivanna is at about 300'; correct elevation of Montalto NOTE: Rivanna is at about 300'; correct elevation of Montalto
is 1,280'. is 1,280'.
-1777 Oct. 15. 'Left with T. Garth for Edward Carter t90 in part+ 
 +‘’1777 Oct. 15.’’ 'Left with T. Garth for Edward Carter t90 in part
of t190. to which the 483 acres of land I bought of him were of t190. to which the 483 acres of land I bought of him were
valued by N. Lewis & J. Coles. " (MB 1777) valued by N. Lewis & J. Coles. " (MB 1777)
-1777 Oct. 17. Deed Edward and Sally Carter to TJ, for the sum+ 
 +‘’1777 Oct. 17.’’ Deed Edward and Sally Carter to TJ, for the sum
of k190, of 483 acres, part of tract of 9,350 acres granted of k190, of 483 acres, part of tract of 9,350 acres granted
to John Carter 28 Sep. 1730 and devised by him in fee tail to to John Carter 28 Sep. 1730 and devised by him in fee tail to
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VII, 132-33) Clerk's note: "Enclosed to Mr. Jefferson the VII, 132-33) Clerk's note: "Enclosed to Mr. Jefferson the
22d. day of April 1794. " 22d. day of April 1794. "
-1778 Aug. 2. "Sent by Dr. Gilmer to E. Carter k104-0-6 in full+ 
 +‘’1778 Aug. 2.’’ "Sent by Dr. Gilmer to E. Carter k104-0-6 in full
of my note for the land bought of him." (MB 1778) of my note for the land bought of him." (MB 1778)
-1778 Nov. 5. "To inclose all my lands on the S. W. side of the+ 
 +‘’1778 Nov. 5.’’ "To inclose all my lands on the S. W. side of the
Thoroughfare road following the meandersof the road and in Thoroughfare road following the meandersof the road and in
other places following the line would take in about 400 acres other places following the line would take in about 400 acres
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then would lay the whole in 661 1/2 days = 110 1/2 weeks = 2 then would lay the whole in 661 1/2 days = 110 1/2 weeks = 2
years--1 month--2 weeks." (GB79) years--1 month--2 weeks." (GB79)
-1778 Nov. 12. "Placing the Theodolite on the top of the house,+ 
 +‘’1778 Nov. 12.’’ "Placing the Theodolite on the top of the house,
the Eastern spur of the High mountain intersects the Horizon the Eastern spur of the High mountain intersects the Horizon
190 Westward of Willis's mountain. Note the observation was 190 Westward of Willis's mountain. Note the observation was
made on the intersection of the ground (not the trees) with made on the intersection of the ground (not the trees) with
the horizon. ' (GBBO) the horizon. ' (GBBO)
-Late 1770s. TJ prepared a number of designs for observation+ 
 +‘’Late 1770s.’’ TJ prepared a number of designs for observation
towers for the summit of Montalto, 100 and more feet high towers for the summit of Montalto, 100 and more feet high
(including a proposal for a 200-foot column). (Nichols, nos. (including a proposal for a 200-foot column). (Nichols, nos.
65, 66, 93, 126) NOTE: WLB thinks these probably date after 65, 66, 93, 126) NOTE: WLB thinks these probably date after
the purchase of Gibbs in Dec. 1778. the purchase of Gibbs in Dec. 1778.
-~ 1 7 9 0 1 "485. acres (0.) part of 9350. acres granted to John+ 
 +‘’C1790?’’ "485. acres (0.) part of 9350. acres granted to John
Carter by patent bearing date Sep. 28. 1730. who by his will Carter by patent bearing date Sep. 28. 1730. who by his will
dated and recorded in devised the same to his son dated and recorded in devised the same to his son
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dated Oct. 17. 1777. & recorded in Albemarle. * (N-526, dated Oct. 17. 1777. & recorded in Albemarle. * (N-526,
heretofore called Land Roll 1788) heretofore called Land Roll 1788)
-1796 Dec. 21. "Thos. Garth & James Kerr value the difference in+ 
 +‘’1796 Dec. 21.’’ "Thos. Garth & James Kerr value the difference in
the exchange of the small portions of land between N. M. the exchange of the small portions of land between N. M.
Lewis & myself at t16-15 boot in his favor." (NB) TJ Lewis & myself at t16-15 boot in his favor." (NB) TJ
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Nicholas M. Lewis, in exchange for 12.5 acres of the Montalto Nicholas M. Lewis, in exchange for 12.5 acres of the Montalto
tract. (AlCDB, XIII, 130; T3 plat, Nichols. no. 517) tract. (AlCDB, XIII, 130; T3 plat, Nichols. no. 517)
-~ 1 8 0 0 1 "General ideas for the improvement of Monticello....+ 
 +‘’c1800?’’ "General ideas for the improvement of Monticello....
The spring on Montalto either to be brought to Monticello by The spring on Montalto either to be brought to Monticello by
pipes or to fall over steps of stairs in cascade, made pipes or to fall over steps of stairs in cascade, made
visible at Monticello through a vista.... visible at Monticello through a vista....
The North side of Monticello below the Thoroughfare The North side of Monticello below the Thoroughfare
-roundabout quite down to the river, and all Xontalto above+roundabout quite down to the river, and all Montalto above
the thoroughfare to be converted into park & riding grounds, the thoroughfare to be converted into park & riding grounds,
connected at the Thoroughfare by a bridge, open, under which connected at the Thoroughfare by a bridge, open, under which
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communication between the lower & upper park grounds." (GB, communication between the lower & upper park grounds." (GB,
plate XX) plate XX)
-1802 Oct. 5. "Inclosed.. . to Gibson & Jefferson.. .2. draughts in+ 
 +‘’1802 Oct. 5.’’ "Inclosed.. . to Gibson & Jefferson.. .2. draughts in
favr. Ben. Brown 285.83 Thos. Wells 133.33 which last two favr. Ben. Brown 285.83 Thos. Wells 133.33 which last two
are this day made and inclosed to Brown and Wells in full are this day made and inclosed to Brown and Wells in full
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Montalto. (AlCDB, I, 165- 6;47-X, TJ plats, Nichols, Montalto. (AlCDB, I, 165- 6;47-X, TJ plats, Nichols,
nos. 518-19) See 1815. nos. 518-19) See 1815.
-1815. TJ gave the two tracts purchased in 1802 to his+ 
 +‘’1815.’’ TJ gave the two tracts purchased in 1802 to his
granddaughter Anne Cary Bankhead. (AlCDB, XIX, 322-24) granddaughter Anne Cary Bankhead. (AlCDB, XIX, 322-24)
HB. Memorandum Book. HB. Memorandum Book.
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-The mountain that [[Thomas Jefferson]] named '''Montalto''' is a part of the Carter's Mountain range and is today sometimes known as Brown's Mountain. In 1777, Jefferson purchased 483 acres of land on the mountain from Edward Carter, the second son of John Carter, who had recieved the land from King George II as his Colonial Secretary. Jefferson never built anything on Montalto, although he did draw plans for an observation tower there. Following Jefferson's death, the land was inherited by his daughter, [[Martha Jefferson Randolph]]. In 1832, Montalto was sold to Benjamin Sneed, and subsequently passed through numerous owners.<ref>Susan Brown Craig, ''Living on the Mountain:A Memoir'', Mechanicsburg, PA: Burnt Tree Press, 2006, 1-2.</ref>  
-In 1905, the land was purchased by James Addison Patterson, who began construction of the house and barns, designed by architect Charles Barton Keen. The house was named Repose, and upon Patterson's death in 1931, was bequeathed to the Martha Jefferson Hospital, who rented portions of it out.<ref>Ibid, 2-3.</ref> 
-In 1950, the property was purchased by Lois and Nelson Brown, for whom it is now named. The Brown family renovated the house and made minor additions.<ref>Ibid, 4-5.</ref> In the 1950s, the Brown's operated a gift shop out of the barn, until it burned in 1959. After that time, the remaining barns were rented as apartments.<ref>Ibid, 11-13.<ref> In the early 1970s, the Brown's sold the property, which is today owned by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. 

Revision as of 14:45, 20 July 2007

The mountain that Thomas Jefferson named Montalto is a part of the Carter's Mountain range and is today sometimes known as Brown's Mountain. In 1777, Jefferson purchased 483 acres of land on the mountain from Edward Carter, the second son of John Carter, who had received the land from King George II as his Colonial Secretary. Jefferson never built anything on Montalto, although he did draw plans for an observation tower there. Following Jefferson's death, the land was inherited by his daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph. In 1832, Montalto was sold to Benjamin Sneed, and subsequently passed through numerous owners.[1]

In 1905, the land was purchased by James Addison Patterson, who began construction of the house and barns, designed by architect Charles Barton Keen. The house was named “Repose”, and upon Patterson's death in 1931, was bequeathed to the Martha Jefferson Hospital, who rented portions of it out.[2]

In 1950, the property was purchased by Lois and Nelson Brown, for whom it is now named. The Brown family renovated the house and made minor additions.[3] In the 1950s, the Brown's operated a gift shop out of the barn, until it burned in 1959. After that time, the remaining barns were rented as apartments.[4]