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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

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1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States

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September 2016

Stargazing at Poplar Forest

September 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

One of America’s first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson, considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg College, for an illuminating look at the night sky from the president’s secluded retreat. The evening begins with a presentation about Jefferson’s love of astronomy and a look at the history and future of the Universe. Attendees will then move out to…

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Naturalization Ceremony with the Blue Ridge NSDAR

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as we welcome 30 new citizens in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created. Admission is included with general admission.

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Hike Sharp Top with Thomas Jefferson

September 24

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October 2016
Included with Regular Admission

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to work on the archaeology of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat home? Join Poplar Forest’s archaeologists on a walking tour of the plantation grounds to see and hear firsthand what their work has taught them about Jefferson’s original landscape. Tours will conclude with a visit to the Poplar Forest Archaeology Lab, where visitors can view some of the artifacts discovered on the property. There will be 4 tours available: —11:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m. —1:00 p.m.…

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Hike Sharp Top with Thomas Jefferson

October 8

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November 2016

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson called wine “…a necessary of life with me.” This November, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation to toast the “Father of Virginia Wine” in the eighth annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival. The festival will feature Virginia wineries along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment. It is held inside large, heated tents, rain or shine. Tasting tickets include a complimentary wine glass. Because this is an adult event, there are no children’s activities available. We ask…

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December 2016

Candlelight Tours

December 1 - December 17

Ring in the holidays with a magical candlelit tour of Mr. Jefferson’s cherished villa retreat dressed for the holidays with 19th-century panache. These very popular—and often sold out—after-hours tours offer an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson and his family’s evenings might have been like. As visitors walk through the octagonal house, they’ll be entertained by anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s letters and diaries. Tours are offered at 5:30 p.m. only on the following evenings: —Thursday, December 1 —Thursday, December 8…

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$13 - $19

Saturday Holiday Events

December 3 @ 11:00 am - December 10 @ 3:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until December 10, 2016

Crafts, Father Christmas, Cooking Demonstrations, Dancing Demonstrations  

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Wreath Making Workshop

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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