Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 80
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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Our Lincoln in Bronze The statue "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" has been cast by the Sheidow Bronze Corp at Kingwood and will be brought to the capital grounds for erection as soon as the granite base is ^completed. The model for the statue was created by the late Fred j M. Torrey, a Fairmont native. It was the last of seven Lincoln statues he sculpted. Mr. Torrey's "Lincoln and TadV was erected on the capitol grounds at Des Moines, Iowa, in 1961. It was in Des Moines that Mr. Torrey maintained his studio for the last ten years of his life. He died in July, 1967. The project to get a Torrey statue of Lincoln on the West Virginia Capitol grounds has taken over 10 years to complete. When the suggestion was first made to Mr. Torrey early in the '60's, he said that a model in his studio would be ideal for West Virginia. Based on Vachel Lindsey's poem, the figure walking with bowed head suggested the President's inner turmoil before swinging the balance to make West Virginia the 35th state. In 1966, William S. Bryant of Summersville flew to Des Moines and visited the Torreys in their studio. Bryant liked the Lincoln model. It was priced at $5,000. Upon Bryant's return, interested persons set out to raise the funds to buy the model. It took three years, during which time Mr. Torrey died. B r y a n t w e n t to Des Moines in 1969 and paid Mrs. Torrey the $5,000 and brought the model back to West V i r g i n i a . D u r i n g Bryant's first visit, Torrey estimated that it would take between $35,000 and $40,000 to have the model enlarged, cast in bronze and erected. When Bryant returned after buying the model, the fund campaign was extended to raise the balance of. the needed money. As soon as it seemed probable that the needed funds could be raised, work was started to transform the model into a large bronze statue. First the 20 inch model had to be exactly duplicated in a nine-foot plaiier "statue" that could be used to form the mold for bronze casting. Charleston artist- sculptor Bernie Weipper was commissioned to complete this phase. It took him a full year, from November, 1972 to November, 1973, to meticulously measure and form the bigger-than-life-size plaster model of the small Torrey work. When he was finished, his work was an exact duplication of Torrey's model. Weipper trucked his plaster Lincoln to the Sheidow Bronze Corp. in Kingwood This is a photo of the Itronze caslinp-- nol the Torrev model. himself to make sure it arrived undamaged. The small Torrey model was returned to the Governor's office, where it may be seen in his reception room, at the Capitol. The completed statue, in place, is scheduled to be unveiled and dedicated on June 20, the lllth birthday of West Virginia as a state. Tragically, Mrs. Mabel Torrey did not live to see one of her famous husband's Lincoln works unveiled in his home state. She died on May 1, this year, in a convales- cent home in Ames, Iowa, after a long illness. Mrs. Torrey also was famous as a sculptor. The Torrey's only child, Mrs. Bettie K. Sun of Ames, Iowa will unveil her father's last Lincoln. Also, Mrs. Georgia Torrey Lucas, the sculptor's 88-year-old sister, will be present. She also lives in Ames. The actual dedication and unveiling program is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The complete details of the program will be announced later. Thomas Jefferson's home was holh beautiful and practical. Pool in foreground was slocked with fish caught for the table. Monticello: Labor of Love By Thomas J. O'Toole CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- This lovely Virginia city is aptly referred to as Jefferson's Country, and rightly it should be, for it is here that President Thomas Jefferson built his beloved Monticello. Monticello is much, much more than just the historically restored home of the third President of the United States. This magnificent home truly reflects the character and personality of a man who spent 50 years building the home where he wanted to die -- and did. The construction of Monticello began with the leveling and clearing of a mountain top overlooking the city of Charlottesville. Construction dragged on after the building was initially erected for a^number of reasons, even though Jefferson was making his residence there. Throughout the building of Monticello, Jefferson developed new ideas which he wanted incorporated into the house, changes were made as he worked out new engineering ideas, and alterations were required when certain features didn't quite come off as expected. Then, in 1793, an extensive remodeling of the entire home was undertaken. It should be pointed out that every piece of material in the beautiful home was made right at Monticello -nothing was purchased from · suppliers. The timber was cut and formed, the bricks baked and dried, and the pegs and other essentials all properly and carefully pre- pared before becoming a permanent piece of Monticello. Jefferson was, indeed, a genius, and excelled in everything he attempted. His entire life centered.,around building a permanent home, and he began Monticello in 1768 at the age of 25 by leveling the top of a mountain overlooking Charlottesville. Actual construction of the home started in the early 1770's, and was not fully completed until 1809. By 1809, Jefferson had completed two terms as President of the U n i t e d States, and retired to live his remaining years at Monticello, where he died at 83 on July 4,1826, exactly 50 years after the enactment of the Declaration of Independence which he drafted. · Monticello is the Italian word meaning "small mountain," and is properly pronounced mon-ti-chello (Jefferson's preference). The title to the property was acquired by Jefferson when he was 22 after the death of his father, who had obtained a land grant of 1,000 acres in 1735. A f t e r the mountain top was leveled, Jefferson sought to make the entire operation of the estate compact, and quite different from the normal plantations of the time. There are 35 rooms in Monticello, including 12 in the basement. Two L-shaped terraces serve as the roofs for all of the necessary functionary facilities of those days and this format of construction (the only example of its type) completely eliminated the many small outbuildings which would be normally found at other estates in those days. One wing shelters the ice house, the wash house, the stables and the carriage ports. The other wing houses the k i t c h e n , the smoke house, and food storage areas. At the ends of each L- shaped wing is a small building, and these once served as offices and as guest facilities^ The terraces extend from the main house, with one at the dining room and the other off Jefferson's first floor bedroom. ^ Underneath the entire house and parts of both terraces is an open passageway which served as easy access. This basement level also housed all of the rums, beer, cider, wines, and brandys of the day. According to the records, purchases of these items were often made in terms of hundreds of bottles or gallons to service the capacities of the many guests at Monticello -- to say nothing of the huge staff of servants required to run the estate. In the early 1920's a foundation purchased Monticello and a great deal of surrounding land, and the home has been completely restored to the condition it was once in when Jefferson was the master of the land there. The precise notes and drawings left by this multitalented gentleman has enabled a very accurate reconstruc- tion of even the smallest detail -- including how the gardens were to be arranged, and exactly what flowers were to be used. There is a guided tour through the first floor of the house which takes less than 30 minutes. Access to the upper floor and the dome room are not permitted, because the stairways at Monticello are almost hidden and are only 24 inches wide. It was Jefferson's feelings that stairways took up too much space, and should serve functional purposes only. One might say, "So what's so great about a Virginia mansion?" Well, Jefferson, being the genius he was, had many of his own personal accommodations which were not found elsewhere. His ice room for example, in part of one of 'the terraces, was 20 feet in diameter and about 50 feet deep. When it was filled with ice, it not only lasted the season, but also served to cool the entire foundation, and thus the whole house -- a primitive form of air conditioning. »· Throughout Monticello are 12 skylights for better illumination, a dumbwaiter for bringing the wines from the cellar, and they are hidden in the sides of the fireplaces. Jefferson's Monticello had storm windows, an indoor and outdoor weathervane, a complete ventilation system, and revolving tables and chairs. Today these items are not unusual, but during the construction of Monticello, they were Jefferson's personal innovations. The time to be spent investigating the basement area, the L-shaped terraces, and the grounds is at the discretion of the visitor. Monticello is such a magnificent home, however, easily three hours can slip by without notice. Along the exit drive from the home is the f a m i l y graveyard, not only for Jefferson and his immediate family, but also for all of his descendants who hold perpetual title to this land and- the right of burial. Although space limits detailing all of the other at- t r a c t i o n s in and a r o u n d --Sun-Fun Vacation at fciltmore fciltmore WOW!THIS IS IT! LUXURIOUSLY FURNISHED ROOMS. EFFI-; CIENCES AND APARTMENTS/ COLOR TV/DAILY MAID SERVICE/GRASS COURTYARDS/ 3 HEATED FRESH WATER POOLS/ ENCLOSED AND SEPERATED CHILDRENS PLAY'- GROUND/ALL AIR-CONDITIONED/FREE PARKING/DIRECTLY ON THE OCEAN/ GOLF, FISHING, BOATING NEARBY. . . . WRITE FOR BEAUTIFUL BROCHURE AND RATES. B E A C H L O D G E Tele. 904/677-2331 P.O. Boi 5, or 187 S. Atlantic Blvd. 8m CHARLESTON, W. VA. May 26. 1974. Sundav Gazette-Mail O R M O N D BEACH, FLORIDA 32074 Sfafe Magazine, May 26. 1974 Charlottesville, it is essential that every traveller include Ash Lawn, the home of James Monroe, and Michie Tavern in their visit. Both locations are near Monticello, and were prominent and important locations during the Jefferson years. Charlottesville is also the home of the University of Virginia which was planned and designed by Jefferson. With the university being in the heart of the city, there's lots of activity and plenty to do. For the visitor the best in accommodations can be found at the Boar's Head Inn just a mile or two outside the city. The Old Mill Room there serves excellent food, and offers the best onion soup we've ever had. But Monticello. That's really something. If you have not seen it, by all means get a book and read about it -- then go. A four-day trip by steam powered train from Cincinnati through the Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington D. C. is being sponsored by the Roanoke, Va., chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, P. 0. Box 681, Roanoke, Va: 24004. What's Coming Up? The cost of the excursion, which starts on July 4 and includes hotel accommodations for three nights, is $120.. . The 1974 directory of the New York State Hotel and Motel Assn., which lists rates at 462 hotels, motels and resorts, is available free from the association at 141 West 51st St., New York 10019. .. Indian artists and craftsmen will exhibit their work at the annual inter-tribal Indian ceremonial in Gallup, N. M., June 13-16. Mountain "Family Resorf-Hotel Mountain Lake MOUNTAIN LAKE HOTEL High in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, Hotel Mountain Lake has action for all the family. Huge lake for fishing and swimming, stables, tennis, golf... scenic mountain trails to explore. Ideal climate · (4,000 ft. el.}, recreation room... planned entertainment Choice of resort hotel or cottages. American Plan -- Reasonable rates. Open May 1 through October 1 Mountain Lake, Virginia 60 mite west of Roanoke on Hwy. 460 Phone 626-7121, Pembroke, Va. r · Virginia. I More America to the mile. i i i i i i i i i i i There's something new at every turn of a Virginia vacation, whether it's a pioneer mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway or Faberge jewels at Richmond's Virginia Museum. Whatever you love, you won't have to go far to find it in Virginia. So you can do more, see more, travel less--and get more America to the mile! Our beaches tnade\y history in 1607. Before they went on to found Jamestown, America's first permanentEnglish settlers landed at Virginia Beach-a world of sand and surf less tHah an hour from the magic of Colonial Williamsburg. Welcome to darkest Africa, ya'll. And after you've driven through the free-roaming African wildlife in the exciting new Lion Country Safari north of Richmond, why not explore the Civil War battlefields at Petersburg. You're less than an hour away. More America to the mile begins with our free 36-page color vacation guide-arranged geographically to help you drive less and enjoy the easiest, most eventful vacation ever. For your copy and brochures on your spedal travel interests, visit, write or call Virginia State Travel Service: · Dept. 8006,91 IE. Broad St., Richmond 23219, phone 1804) 770-4484. Virginia is for lovers. i i i i i i i i i i i i i i · · - ; · · »

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