Description of Figure/Doll

Handcrafted colonial man, made from wire, paper and cloth. He is dressed in a black three-corner cocked hat, red felt doublet, white lace neck collar (cravat), and fancy brocade vest. His head is made from ceramic, and he has fine brown hair and a painted face. He is holding a pipe made of plastic. Tag says: “Byers’ Choice Ltd. 2000. Created especially for Williamsburg.”

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USA: Virginia

Location: Eastern USA

Capital: Richmond

Main language: English

Currency: US dollar


Construction: wire, paper, cloth

Height in Centimeters: 30

Height in Inches: 12

Thomas Jefferson and His Fiddle

Reading Level: 6.80

I’m in 5th grade and I have to write a report for my social studies class. We are studying about he Declaration of Independence, and I must say I’m impressed by a man named Thomas Jefferson. The fact that he wrote the Declaration of Independence, the most important document in the United States, is amazing!

As I did a little research about Thomas Jefferson, I learned some other interesting things about his life. He held many important offices. For example, he served as the Vice President of the United states for four years, then became President for eight years (1801-1809).

In his free time, Jefferson loved to farm, fish, canoe, and hunt. However, he also loved to play the violin (known as a fiddle back then).

Jefferson’s fiddle was very dear to him. He loved to play it, and he took good care of it. When his father’s home burned, he asked, “Are all the books destroyed?” The old family servant, who knew is how much his master loved his violin, answered “Yes, Master, they are, but we saved your fiddle.”

Jefferson even said that is was the fiddle that won his wife. You see, his girlfriend was quite a belle in Virginia society. One day, two of her suitors, bent on learning their fate from her own lips, met in the hall of her house. The sound of music coming from the hall caused them to listen. They could hear Martha singing a love song, while Jefferson accompanied her with his violin. Something in the song, and in the manner of her singing, made them realize they might as well go away. So they quietly left the hall, mounted their horses and rode away, sadder but wiser men.

In a week or two, the engagement of Mrs. Martha Skelton to Thomas Jefferson was among the rumors of the day.

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