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

Papale says he's inspired to see the real Monticello in Virginia

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)

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 he plans on moving his family into the home this year.

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.

Papale says he’s inspired to see the real Monticello in Virginia.

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