February 15th – Starting today, over 80 artifacts from Tuckahoe Plantation can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the Historic Landmark. Thanks to this new virtual collection, users will be able to see Street Views of the original outbuildings on Plantation Street, the rooms Jefferson grew up in, and many other treasures in just a few clicks at https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/tuckahoe-plantation. This all comes as part of Google Arts & Culture’s Presidents Day Collection, celebrating the history of the United States presidency from George Washington to present day. Explore a president’s journey to and time in the Oval Office — from exciting political campaigns, to their first days in office, and finally defining moments of the presidency.
Virtual tour with Street View
Using the Street View feature, people can move around Tuckahoe Plantation virtually, selecting places that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.
A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over six rooms within the Main House, including the Burnt Room, White Parlour, and upstairs bedrooms.
A specially curated virtual exhibit has been developed for the online visitors who can discover interactive stories, curated by experts at Tuckahoe Plantation. The Presidents Day digital exhibition draws connections between Thomas Jefferson’s adult life and childhood, and how Tuckahoe Plantation influenced the future President.
Rita Sausmikat, Tour Director at Tuckahoe Plantation, said, “We’re thrilled about the launching of Tuckahoe’s Presidents Day exhibit. Partnering with Google Arts & Culture gives hundreds of people access to Tuckahoe and other historic locations that they may never see in person.”
About Tuckahoe Plantation
Tuckahoe Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home from 1745 to 1752. The Randolph family plantation is considered by architectural historians to be among the finest early 18th-century plantations in America. The property boasts hand-carved paneling in the home, beautiful gardens, and extensive family history. The grounds are open to the public year-round, and tours of the home are available for scheduling. Please visit Tuckahoe’s website for more information.
About Google Arts & Culture
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