Buyer of Monticello replica a history buff, like 1st owner

June 3, 2016 6:41 PM

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SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — A doctor who bought a Connecticut home that's a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello says he's a history buff and an admirer of the Founding Fathers.

Dr. John Papale lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He made the high bid of $2.1 million for the home in nearby Somers at auction this week.

He tells the Hartford Courant newspaper (http://cour.at/1VC1AGf ) he plans on moving his family into the home this year.

FILE - In this May 11, 2016 file photo, a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello stands in Somers, Conn. Dr. John Papale made the high bid of $2.1 million for the home in nearby Somers at auction this week. The doctor says he¿s a history buff and admirer of the founding fathers. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

He first saw the interior of the 10,000-square-foot mansion at a charity event a month ago and visited several more times.

Friendly's restaurant chain co-founder S. Prestley Blake is a longtime admirer of Jefferson and had the home built for $7.7 million in 2014 just before his 100th birthday.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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