ERIC Number: ED365599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Thomas Jefferson's Road to the White House. Teaching with Historic Places.
This unit focuses on Thomas Jefferson's route from his home at Monticello in Virginia to the White House when he traveled to Washington in November of 1800 for the upcoming presidential election. The document traces his journey by phaeton, a four wheeled light carriage, from Monticello to: (1) James Madison's home at Montpelier, a distance of 28 miles, on November 24, 1800; (2) Fleetwood on November 25th, a distance of 31 miles; (3) Browns Tavern at what is now Manassas, Virginia, on November 26th, a distance of 33.5 miles; and (4) through Falls Church to Washington on November 27th, a distance of 34 miles. The unit is illustrated with sketches of a phaeton, a small flat bed skiff that was often used as a ferry, Monticello, Zimmerman's tavern, New Gate Tavern, a dependency or small outbuilding at Jefferson's friend's home known as Fleetwood, Montpelier, the White House, and a portrait of Jefferson. Two maps show the topology of the area and Jefferson's route. The text of the document describes Jefferson's journey as can be pieced together from searching his letters, public records, and what buildings and roads are still in existence today. Thirteen different class assignments are given for different areas of the lesson. Issues highlighted are: changes in means of travel, the neoclassical and vernacular architecture of the time, and Jefferson's character traits that can be learned from evidence presented in the lesson. The lesson uses different kinds of historical inquiry. Students see how the use of many different sources can provide the evidence necessary to trace Jefferson's route. (DK)
Descriptors: Building Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Learning Activities, Local History, Presidents of the United States, Primary Sources, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.; National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.