South Square Room

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Dimensions: 14' 10" x 15' 4"; ceiling 10' 0"

Order: Tuscan

Source: Palladio

Color: Currently, blue; recent investigations show multiple layers of paint.

Purpose of Room: Martha Jefferson Randolph's sitting room, where she sewed, taught her children, and directed the slaves who worked as household servants; the room also housed some of the overflow of Jefferson's books from his Library.

Unusual features: Rumford fireplace altered by Jefferson to burn -- in a more efficient manner -- wood instead of coal.

Furnishings of note: Tables and chairs for reading, writing, and sewing, including a sewing table made in the Monticello joinery and attributed to John Hemmings; today a portrait of Martha Jefferson Randolph, painted by James Westhall Ford, hangs over the fireplace. Silhouettes of family members and engravings hung on the walls.

Further Information: The "Jefferson" section called "Our Breakfast Table" alludes to the use of this room and provides information about Jefferson's immediate family.