National Geographic : 1950 May
and the University of Virginia, they take part in "The Common Glory," a pageant of Jefferson's war years enacted each summer at Williamsburg, Virginia. Every piece of furniture in Monticello was there in Jefferson's day. Only originals are accepted as gifts or by purchase. Thus the mansion looks today much as it did when Jefferson entertained the great statesmen of his time. The ingenious Swiss clock above the entrance has a duplicate face outside. Cannon-ball weights make it run and indicate the day of the week as they descend past the wall placards. On Saturday they drop through the floor, to be hoisted again on Sunday when the clock is wound. Weights on the other side make the clock strike. Alexander Hamilton's bust crowns a marble pedestal. The antlers, recently installed, were bagged near the upper Missouri River by Lewis and Clark. Jefferson sent these explorers to survey the West.