Both of the farms we have owned here in Virginia were originally properties of Thomas Jefferson's family. This sounds like a really special distinction, worthy of a realtor's brochure, but it isn't as large a deal as it, at first, sounds. Thomas Jefferson's parents owned a great deal of land in Central Virginia in their day. Peter Jefferson, his father, was a surveyor, and his mother Jane Randolph's father owned a great deal of land. Thomas eventually inherited the bulk of these lands from both families. At one point he owned thousands of acres in multiple counties here, so my farm shares the distinction of being owned by the Jeffersons or Randolphs at one time with literally thousands of other properties. There is no real indication that Thomas Jefferson himself ever set foot on the land which is actually our farm, although he was frequently in this county. At the time of his death, he was land rich, but quite cash poor, and he died having never paid back his Italian friend, Philip Mazzei . Oddly, one of Philip Mazzei's descendants actually went to high school with me in New Jersey and is now an anesthesiologist.)
Thomas Jefferson was a risk taker. He left his farms to family and workers while he traveled by horse and helped to craft a new nation. He took personal risks and risks to his own safety in order to leave us with the legacy of the nation with which we have grown up. Remember that in the days of Jefferson, no heavy equipment existed. Much smaller areas could be farmed, and much of it was done using slave labor. He was often away and did not give input as to how things should be done, and history tells us that Jefferson's properties were not as productive as they could have been, had they received his full attention. We are indebted to this person who did his best to move our nation forward. Jefferson did keep slaves, but by most accounts, he treated them exceptionally well, and did train and educate those he believed could benefit, in an era in which this was not done. He was wrong in that he believed that society might never progress sufficiently to allow black slaves freedom and equality, though he likely knew that this was the right thing to do.
When others tell me that by speaking out on what is a little blog that I may subject myself to additional IRS audits and additional Obama Regime intrusions, I think of Thomas Jefferson. How would he feel if the present day owner of one of his tracts decided that putting all of my interests first came before the issues of freedom and truth ? How would he feel if I chose not to call tyranny, tyranny ? We must all balance personal costs of doing what is right, along with the issues of personal and family safety.