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SHADWELL, BIRTHPLACE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
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 move to Monticello, where he had begun constructing a house.
Department of Historical Resources, 2001