Shadwell, Birthplace of Thomas Jefferson

Shadwell, Birthplace of Thomas Jefferson (HMBB7)

Location: Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 0.906', W 78° 24.948'

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Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—was born near this site on 13 April 1743. His father, Peter Jefferson (1708-1757), a surveyor, planter, and officeholder, began acquiring land in this frontier region in the mid-1730s and had purchased the Shadwell tract by 1741. Peter Jefferson built a house soon after, and the Shadwell plantation became a thriving agricultural estate. Thomas Jefferson spent much of his early life at Shadwell. After the house burned to the ground in 1770, he moved to Monticello, where he had begun constructing a house.
HM NumberHMBB7
Series This marker is part of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series
Marker NumberW-202
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 726858 N 4210642
Decimal Degrees38.01510000, -78.41580000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 0.906', W 78° 24.948'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 0' 54.36" N, 78° 24' 56.88" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2435-2447 Richmond Rd, Charlottesville VA 22911, US
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