Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’
October 9, 2013
Some writers separate the varieties, classifying the Lima as Phaseolus limensis and the butter bean as Phaseolus lunatus. It appears, however, that both originate from the ancestral Phaseolus lunatus var. sylvester and were domesticated in two different areas giving rise to the two distinct forms. It is likely the smaller type, also called the Sieva bean, that was the form known to the Virginia colonists as the bushel or sugar bean.
We grow a variety known to Mr. Jefferson as the White Carolina. It is a vigorous climber that will cover a 12-foot arbor by the middle of September. The arbor is constructed with five upright poles sunk in the ground and bound together with a horizontal cross pole and three support legs. The three inner poles are planted with climbing varieties of snap bean and the two end poles are planted with the White Carolina butter bean.
After the season of snaps has passed in August, the butter beans will completely occupy the trellis forming a solid wall of beans. It requires that one employ a ladder to harvest the upper beans but if you are limited in regards to space, a vertical contrivance such as this may answer.
The greatest chance for disappointment comes at this time of year when the great storms blow through the coastal plain of Virginia for as sturdy as this structure is, it will not withstand the fury of a hurricane and must be disassembled before the storm arrives resulting in an early conclusion to the crop.
This year we have, so far, avoided this great annoyance.
July 6, 2012
The compelling story of two celebrated founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and one astute first lady, Abigail Adams, returns for encore performances. “Jefferson & Adams” will be presented at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre 7:30 p.m. July 5-7.
The live stage production features the original all-star cast of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned character historian Bill Barker as Jefferson, Colonial Williamsburg actress Abigail Schumann as Abigail Adams and the popular Sam Goodyear as John Adams.
Written by Howard Ginsberg, the play tells the story of the turbulent 52-year friendship between Jefferson and Adams during the early days of the republic, extending through two wars with England, and closing with their fateful deaths on the same day, July 4, 1826 — exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The play reveals the compelling political debates and passionate personal beliefs that helped shape America at its founding and continue to remain relevant today.
General admission to this stirring production is $14, and admission for seniors and students is $12. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-HISTORY. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.
July 2, 2012
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April 13, 2012
April 13th marks the 269th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth. Honor the man whose philosophies became a touchstone for modern democracy — ponder and debate his ideas alongside those of the contemporary age.
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March 15, 2012
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s completion of studies at the College of William and Mary, we’re re-introducing the Jefferson blog.
Twice a month, we’ll post one of Jefferson’s opinions on education. Just as often, we hope you’ll tell us whether you think the American school system has been true to his vision.