Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown

Patrick Henry’s residence Scotchtown is a large but simple and functional farmhouse, lacking decoration, ornamentation or elaborate architectural details. It is no comparison to Jefferson’s Monticello or with many of his friends and associates like James Madison or George Wythe.. Despite his wealth, which was considerable, he did not demonstrate his social status through his home, which is very simple and practical. It is not a monument to the enlightenment but is much closer to the spirit of Throeau’s Walden – a focus on the necessary, limiting the unnecessary. One can imagine where the Jefferson’s perception of Henry as a “child of nature” might come from. His priorites were certainly very different than Jeffersons.

~ by severalfourmany on June 11, 2011.

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