SOMERS, Conn – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is on the nickel.

Monticello was once on the $2 bill. Monticello also used to be on postage stamps. It is still on schoolhouse walls, postcards and included in books tracing the history of American architecture.

And now, a full-sized $6 million replica of Jefferson’s Virginia plantation home is rapidly nearing completion on a hillside in Somers, thanks to Friendly’s  co-founder S. Prestly Blake and Laplante Construction Inc., of East Longmeadow, Mass.

Blake, who turns 100 later this year, had Laplante build a home on Hall Hill Road that is a full-scale replica of Jefferson’s Monticello. It’ll be completed in September.

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