South Square Room

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'''Color:''' Currently, blue; recent investigations show multiple layers of paint. <br> '''Color:''' Currently, blue; recent investigations show multiple layers of paint. <br>
-'''Purpose of Room:''' [[Martha Jefferson Randolph|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 [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson's]] books from his [[Library (Book Room)|Library]].<br>+'''Purpose of Room:''' [[Martha Jefferson Randolph|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 [[Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson's]] books from his [[Library (Book Room)|Library]].<br>
'''Unusual features:''' Rumford fireplace altered by Jefferson to burn -- in a more efficient manner -- wood instead of coal.<br> '''Unusual features:''' Rumford fireplace altered by Jefferson to burn -- in a more efficient manner -- wood instead of coal.<br>

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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 Thomas 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.