Thomas Jefferson is known to Americans as a Founding Father, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and third President of the United States. In the 1750’s, he established a tobacco farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. He had indentured servants and slaves working on this property, which has become controversial over time as he and other founding fathers worked to stop slavery on some levels. What workers found in this house has never been discovered before, and it answers some ground breaking questions about one slave in particular: Sally Hemings.
The Monticello Plantation has been a historical landmark that historians have been studying for many years. There is a great amount of information on most of the house except for a few parts that scholars have never been able to discover due to construction over the hundreds of years. They found the new parts of it because they launched a mission to find the original bearings of the house. They wanted to get a better look at the original place, and what they found was stunning!