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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: Architectural Restoration Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Road

Forest, Virginia 24551-0419

Poplar Forest is open daily (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from March 15 through December 30, 2022 for docent-guided or self-guided tours. Docent-guided tours are currently offered four times daily.

Image Credit: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Architectural Restoration Behind-the-Scenes Tours

May 28 – May 29, 2022, 11 AM & 2 PM

Fifty years ago, the octagonal villa at Poplar Forest was unrecognizable. The simple elegance of the president’s Palladian-inspired design was hidden by the renovations subsequent owners made to the structure to suit their tastes. Learn how the restoration architects and architectural historians and craftsmen are continuing their meticulous restoration of what Jefferson affectionately called the “Best dwelling house in the state…” on an hour-long tour guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration and the architect of the ground breaking restoration process developed to save the historic structure.

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Designated a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is an award-winning historic restoration in progress, nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Poplar Forest offers a unique opportunity to explore the personal world of Jefferson, and to learn about the people—both free and enslaved—“who labored for his happiness.” Polar Forest is committed to telling the full story of life at Jefferson’s retreat, including the immeasurable contribution of the enslaved community.

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