Thomas Jefferson is an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and was the third president of the United States. Leslie Greene Bowman, the president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, is known for heading up the committee to preserve the home of Thomas Jefferson called the Monticello [Street View link], in Charlottesville, Virginia. Google Street View has been given access to take 3D imagery of the Monticello for our viewing pleasure.
“The spirit of Jefferson?s innovation and insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world still resonates with us today as we continue to push boundaries and implement new technologies. It?s no question that Jefferson, one of the country?s foremost visionaries in science and technology who was also fascinated by cartography and owned hundreds of maps, would surely have spent weeks on end exploring every corner of our planet through Google Maps. That Google Maps is the most accurate map of the planet and is available to the entire world, for free, would surely make him smile. We?re all inspired by seeing new parts of the world and trying new things ? two things that Jefferson was very passionate about. Google Maps? Street View brings out the explorer in all of us,” said Bowman in a blog post on the Google Lat Long blog.
The Monticello Hall has a waiting room for Jefferson’s guests and a museum for American natural history, American Indian culture, and western civilization. The room also has maps, paintings, double-acting glass doors to the Parlor, and the Great Clock [Street View link] designed by Jefferson.