Thomas Jefferson National Memorial

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It’s been over ten years since we spent a day touring the many monuments and memorials in Washington DC while on a road trip to visit family in South Carolina. We’d purchased tickets on a hop on and off bus, and took the bus all the way to the other side of the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial, intending to work our way back.

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Thomas Jefferson is an important Founding Father of the United States. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, served as Secretary of State under George Washington, was Vice President under John Adams and was elected the third President of the United States

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The neoclassical Memorial building was completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. The site was originally planned to be used for a monument to Theodore Roosevelt, but his memorial was dedicated on an island in the Potomac in 1932.

Location: 701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242

Designation: National Memorial

Date designation declared: 4/13/1943

Date of my visit: November 7, 2007

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View of the Washington Monument from the Jefferson Memorial