We got into the Monticello area early in the morning and on one of the first tours. This morning in Virginia turned out to be foggy and we could barely see the building at all from 100 feet away. I took these few shots of the building from the outside as all photographs on the inside were forbidden. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the third president of the United States and the writer of the Declaration of Independence. At age 26 he designed and began to build the original Monticello near Charleston, Virginia. It was on a hilltop plantation of about 5,000 acres. Jefferson remodeled it extensively and it was considered complete in 1809 with renovations going on until his death in 1826.