By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 13, 2022) – In Issue 2022-072 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn of a man who was born this day in 1743 and would later become the 3rd U.S. President.


Today is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, born in 1743.  To celebrate the patriot’s 200th birthday in 1943, the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC was dedicated.

The memorial sits at the Potomac Tidal Basin at the southern end of the National Mall.

The neoclassical building reflects the style that Jefferson, the architect, favored.  His home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia rotunda were both designed by him in that style.

A large bronze statue of Jefferson, weighing 10,000 pounds, stands in the center of the memorial. Carved into the walls are sections from Jefferson’s writings, most notably the Declaration of Independence.

Many people consider this the best time of year to visit the Jefferson Memorial, when the cherry trees surrounding it are in full bloom.

Thomas Jefferson was a Virginian.  He was born and has died there.  In honor of that, here is an early map of Virginia with the Carolinas by Hondius from 1606.

Virginia with Carolinas – 1606 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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