Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Montpelier - James and Dolly's Place
The duPont's also put their own brand of interior decoration on the place which, when the restoration is completed, will not reflect that period in this estate's history, although I am sure there will be nods to the duPont Family given by the tour guides here. I had visited here seven years ago as a chaperon with Kevin's 6th grade history class when the restoration was just beginning. Although it is not quite finished yet, Montpelier is looking quite a bit different from then. The picture above is of the back of the mansion and I noticed that visitors taking a tour inside were treated to the upstairs as well, something we were not able to see back then because the upstairs had been gutted at the time.
The original outbuildings and slaves quarters are long gone but there is a brick outline of the original detached kitchen today, just filled with grass and clover. Given the choice, I'd take the kitchen this way--very simple with no appliances. Eating out every day is my favorite style of cooking!