The Middleburg Library Advisory Board invites you to join us for the second event in our new Local Book and Author Series: a screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Levys of Monticello,” followed by a Q&A with Middleburg author Marc Leepson, whose book, Saving Monticello, was the inspiration for the film. It takes place on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. at The Hill School Auditorium in Middleburg and is free and open to the public
The Levys of Monticello tells a little-known but important and fascinating story of historic preservation, architectural history, and Jewish-American history: the Levy family’s 89-year stewardship of Thomas Jefferson’s “Essay in Architecture.” U.S. Navy officer Uriah Phillips Levy—a hero of the War of 1812 who became the Navy’s first Jewish commodore—and his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy owned Monticello from 1834-1923, and saved it from ruin on two occasions.
Journalist and historian Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including Saving Monticello, Flag: An American Biography, and biographies of the Marquis de Lafayette, Francis Scott Key, and Army Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler. He will be signing copies of Saving Monticello before and after the screening.