CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Garden Club of Virginia partnered with Monticello to realign and restore the “Kitchen Road,” the essential functional and visual link between Mulberry Row and the house. During Thomas Jefferson’s lifetime, Mulberry Row was the industrial hub of the 5,000-acre plantation; a center of work and domestic life for dozens of individuals, free and enslaved. Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, will officially receive the restoration gift from the Garden Club of Virginia at a private event on Friday, April 8.
“The restoration of Mulberry Row represents a critical chapter in our ongoing efforts to reveal the landscape of slavery at Monticello,” Bowman said. “We are honored that our friends at the Garden Club of Virginia supported the reconstruction of the Kitchen Road, a vital aspect of Mulberry Row’s restoration.”
Since the 1920s, the Garden Club of Virginia has supported a succession of landscape initiatives at Monticello, including the celebrated restoration and replanting of the flower beds bordering the West Lawn.