The Lewis family motto:
Omne Solum Forti Patria Est
"To the Brave Man, Everything He Does Is For His Country"
Meriwether Lewis was a man born and raised in Albemarle, a close neighbor of Thomas Jefferson. He was a gentleman farmer, well-educated in the healing abilities of roots and plants, and served in the military. His affinity for the outdoors and his natural ability to survive in many climates made him the perfect candidate for Jefferson's Corps of Discovery.