On our recent vacation, we toured Monticello, home of the author of our Declaration of Independence and former President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was a tinkerer and inventor at heart. His innovation was obvious around the property.
The display of gadgets and practical items that had been preserved throughout his home and the surrounding plantation grounds was amazing. Of course, one that caught my eye was connected with fishing and food.
Jefferson apparently had a strong liking of fresh fish and since they probably couldn’t go fish every day, he had a stone pond made where fish were caught from neighboring streams and ponds and placed there for easy pickings when it was time for a fish fry. Legend has it the pond stayed full of fish because it was a regular menu item at the house.
I’m guessing this was the first American “fish basket”.