Thirteen descendants met in 1913 at the Colonial Hotel in Charlottesville to organize the Monticello Graveyard Association and adopt a constitution and bylaws, and thus began the tradition that we continue to this day. The very first meeting was, as recorded in the minutes of the meeting, “pursuant to written notices sent to members by Col. J. R. Kean who had undertaken the task of organizing the said Association.” As the association has grown over the years the descendants of Jefferson Randolph Kean “Uncle Ranny,” Cornelia J. Taylor and the other members that gathered that day, have continued to be active in the association, serving as officers and volunteers.
The date for this year’s annual meeting was selected to coincide with the exact date of the founding of the Association one hundred years ago and to also have the family gathered together to celebrate Jefferson’s birthday on April 13th.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Monticello Association the weekend activities for the annual meeting have been expanded to include a Welcome Dinner on Friday evening; a reprise of the gravestone cleaning event of last year; and a historic homes tour that includes Edgehill, home to many Randolph descendants of Jefferson.
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