It was ordered for toasting his Presidential win, but just recently discovered, locked away in a museum.
Even museums need to be remodeled from time to time.
But they had no idea those renos would lead them to stumble on this!
Liberty Hall Museum—which is located on the campus of Kean University, one of New Jersey’s largest state schools—has been going through an extensive renovation with the goal of allowing their visitors to walk through every era of American history. Recently, the museum took one massive leap toward that objective in the most unexpected of ways. It was announced that the museum discovered several cases of Madeira wine from 1796 that had been shipped from Portugal for the celebration of John Adams’s presidency.
The renovation project, which began in late 2015, included revamping the museums wine cellar. That meant replacing the old wine racks and cataloguing each bottle. The museum always knew that had bottles of antiquated wine in their possession, they simply never felt compelled to learn how old they were or why they had been purchased.
…While the monetary value of discovery has not been made made public, it is being touted as the largest known collection of Madeira in the United States and one of the most extensive in the world. —Read More
It was wine ordered by none other than John Adams.
In keeping with the theme, here are some of his quotes, some sobering. All worth remembering today:
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
A government of laws, and not of men.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
It makes you wonder whether he’d even recognize what we’ve done to our nation’s government since.