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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
434-525-1806 www.poplarforest.org

September 2016

Naturalization Ceremony with the Blue Ridge NSDAR

September 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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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, 2016
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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October 2016

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Included with Regular Admission

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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Barrels, Bottles, and Casks Tour

October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$25

Barrels, Bottles and Casks returns with a Fall version of this popular tour that focuses on the beverages and spirits Thomas Jefferson and the plantation’s enslaved community consumed. These guided tours progress through the house with stops along the way to sample different 19th-century inspired beverages and share insights into the types of foods enjoyed on the plantation during Jefferson’s time. Following the tour, Virginia Distillery Company will provide a whiskey tasting and primer.  Tours are available Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15  at 6:00 and…

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Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Conversations on Creativity

October 17, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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S10 – S15

Join Poplar Forest as we partner with the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts (VCCA) to welcome author Stephen O’ Connor and local playwright, Teresa Harris, as they discuss the artistic process both have used to create works of art centered around Thomas Jefferson and Poplar Forest. O’Connor’s recent novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, was conceived of while he was a Fellow in residence at the VCCA in Amherst, VA. Harris, an employee of Randolph College, works to…

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Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—The Vice Presidency: From Burr to Biden and Beyond

October 26, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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S10 – S15

Explore the lives that have lived just a heartbeat away from the highest office in the land, as a part of this timely and thought-provoking discussion on the history and the contemporary state of the Office of the Vice President. Join Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley, IV, together with Dr. Bill Harbour, a Longwood University associate professor of political science, in the dining room of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat house, for a lively conversation on the ever-evolving Office of the Vice President, with an emphasis on modern candidates and officeholders.…

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November 2016

8th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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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

Holiday Candlelight Tours

December 1, 2016 - December 17, 2016
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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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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Saturday Holiday Events

December 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am - December 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Every Saturday
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$13 – $19

Crafts, Father Christmas, Cooking Demonstrations, Dancing Demonstrations  

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Wreath Making Workshop

December 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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October 2017

Stargazing at Poplar Forest

October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$10

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 Saturn and other prominent features in the night sky from the south lawn of the president’s secluded retreat. A brief introduction in the orientation center will precede the viewing. Advance reservations are required and can be made…

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November 2017

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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 Come toast the "Father of Virginia Wine" with a variety of Virginia wineries, local food, artisans and live music in the company of Mr. Jefferson. Held in large, heated tents, this event is rain or shine!   Click Here For Ticket Information  

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December 2017

Candlelight Tours at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

December 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - December 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$20

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 annual and very popular after-hours tours offer an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson’s 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. Tour Schedule Thursdays, December 7 & 14 at 5:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, December 1 & 2, 8 & 9,…

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January 2018

The Art and Science of Historic Plaster and Plastering Craft

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Learn about the historic plastering process as it happens inside Jefferson’s retreat home. Join Henry Orton, owner of Orton Plasterworks in Savannah, Georgia, as he discusses his methods being used to reconstruct the ceilings in Poplar Forest. This winter Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest’s villa is temporarily closed to the public while the ceilings are re-plastered. Historic plaster restoration specialists will rework the ceilings using the same materials and techniques used by Jefferson’s craftsmen in the 1800s. On Saturday, January 27,…

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February 2018

Bound to the Fire: Book Talk with author Kelley Fanto Deetz

February 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Hear the story behind Southern food when author Kelly Deetz discusses her new book,  “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine.” Then visit Poplar Forest’s historic kitchen where Poplar Forest interpreters will demonstrate period cooking techniques. A historical archaeologist, historian and Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College, Deetz draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks and plantation records and folklore for this study of enslaved plantation cooks. The Program includes a cooking demonstration by Poplar Forest interpreters…

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March 2018

Archaeology and Nature Hike at Poplar Forest

March 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$8

Join Jack Gary and Eric Proebsting of Poplar Forest’s Department of Archaeology and landscapes on an archaeology and nature hike along the new Poplar Forest parkway corridor. Explore the course of the road and where it intersects with historic aspects of the property and its natural history. Comfortable walking shoes are necessary. Click here to order tickets.  

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The Complete Housewife Tour at Poplar Forest

March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Meet the two women who were essential to Thomas Jefferson’s well being when he was in residence at Poplar Forest. The Complete Housewife, a new, 45-minute guided tour of the President’s villa retreat focuses on the roles of women in the male-dominated society of his day. Jefferson’s household and his life at Poplar Forest could not be serene, could not be filled with “warm domesticity,” in short, could not be complete without the presence of his enslaved cook Hannah, and…

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Barrels, Bottles & Casks Spring Tours at Poplar Forest

March 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - March 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$25

Tours Available at 6 P.M. and 7 P.M. Toast the arrival of spring with friends and family; explore Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest on a special tasting tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest! Barrels, Bottles & Casks popular tasting tours focus on the beverages and spirits consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest in springtime. Tours begin in Jefferson’s “modern” kitchen and progress through the house, with stops along the way to sample beverages and learn about the…

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April 2018

Naturalization Ceremony at Poplar Forest

April 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Join Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge and Poplar Forest Chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday. Birthday cake will be served to all following the ceremony. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest.

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5th Annual Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting

April 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon dedicated to the pursuit of happiness in Jeffersonian style at the 5th Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting! Jefferson served beer and ale at his table daily and endeavored to perfect his recipe. Discover new brews from local and regional craft breweries and cideries. Pair your pints with local foods; shop for works by local artisans and vendors while enjoying performances by local musicians; and explore Jefferson’s octagonal villa—considered his most perfect work of architecture—at a reduced rate.…

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Conversations with Thomas Jefferson

April 28, 2018
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Experience a moment in American history at Poplar Forest’s 17th annual presentation of Conversations with Thomas Jefferson. Sit in on a private and wide-ranging conversation between Jefferson, as portrayed by actor Bill Barker, and one of his compatriots as they discuss their shared experiences as revolutionaries, political colleagues, friends and neighbors. Past guests have included Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, James Monroe and Andrew Jackson to name but a few. Presented in two performances only: Matinee performance at 2:15 p.m., preceded by…

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May 2018

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour at Poplar Forest

May 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Jefferson’s retreat home on this hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration. Discover how the restoration architects and architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state…” Admission to the Architectural Restoration Talk and Tour is included with general admission to Poplar Forest. Reservations encouraged. Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Mother’s Day at Poplar Forest

May 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Treat mom to a guided tour of Poplar Forest on her special day. Thomas Jefferson considered parental love the “strongest affection known,” and cherished the family time he shared with his granddaughters at Poplar Forest. Tour the octagonal villa—from Mr. Jefferson’s kitchen to the rooftop deck where he and his granddaughters took their nightly stroll—and learn how the Jefferson family and the enslaved families spent their days at Poplar Forest. Admission is free for mothers all day!

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The Day is Past & Gone: A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest

May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$15

Local playwright Teresa Harris’ original trilogy about slave life at Poplar Forest returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn for one performance only on Saturday, May 19. Drawn from real-life experiences, the trilogy explores the complex lives lived by the enslaved African Americans and their struggles to survive. Meet Hannah and her son Billy, who pushed back on the system of enslavement; Burwell Colbert, Jefferson’s trusted manservant; and Abby and Edy, close friends who were separated when Abby was sold to…

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June 2018

Shakespeare Under the Stars: Love’s Labour’s Lost

June 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Shakespearean theater returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn with Poplar Forest’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare’s extravagant romantic comedy. Bring your friends and family—and a picnic dinner and a blanket or chairs—and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse performed under a starry night sky. Adult refreshments will be available for purchase each night from a variety of vendors. Performance Schedule Saturday June 9 Rain date: June 10 Tickets to Shakespeare Under the Stars are $15 for adults (ages 18+); $12…

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Juneteenth Celebration: Journey to Liberation

June 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Join Poplar Forest for the historic home’s first Juneteenth celebration. The oldest national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans living in the former Confederate states, Juneteenth marks June 19, 1865, the date of the first reading of General Order No. 3, the total emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas. Admission to the Juneteeth event is free! The festivities begin with readings of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the Virginia…

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Father’s Day at Poplar Forest

June 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Treat dad to a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation grounds. Enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape that once inspired Jefferson’s creativity; take guided tours of his cherished octagonal villa and the slave quarter; and discover what life there may have been like for the Jeffersons and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest. Free for fathers, all day!

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1776, the Concert Musical at Poplar Forest

June 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - June 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Revel in the revolutionary spirit of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s annual presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Get acquainted with Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson); and celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country’s history.  Bring a picnic dinner, sit back and enjoy theater under the stars. Rain date is Sunday, July 1.…

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July 2018

Independence Day Celebration at Poplar Forest

July 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$9.00

Celebrate the indefatigable American spirit—and the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—with a fun-filled day at Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat. Enjoy colonial-style entertainment; demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftsmen; colonial militia recruiting; archaeology displays; children’s activities; a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence; and more! Admission to the Independence Day festivities is $9 for adults (ages 16+) and free for children (ages 15 and under).

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Barrels, Bottles & Casks Summer Tours at Poplar Forest

July 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - July 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$25

Bring your friends and family to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for a refreshing look at history! Summertime Barrels, Bottles & Casks tasting tours begin in Mr. Jefferson’s kitchen and progress through the villa with stops along the way to sample beverages while guides share insights about the foods and drinks that Jefferson and the enslaved residents consumed during the hot summer months. The tours conclude with an ice cream social in the lower level. Admission to the Summertime Barrels, Bottles…

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August 2018

Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Run at Poplar Forest

August 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Are you up for an adventure? Challenge yourself to beat the clock as you take on a 3.1-mile race through Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation grounds, encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way. Entry fees will support children’s educational programming at Poplar Forest and the Jamerson Family YMCA’s annual campaign. Click Here to register.

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September 2018

African American Family History Day at Poplar Forest

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Discover your African American roots. Join the Poplar Forest African American Advisory Group for an interactive experience designed to help you explore your family’s African American history. Hear stories about exploring ancestry and learn about research methods, tools, ideas and strategies for tracing the lineage of your enslaved ancestors. Admission to African American Family History Day is free, however reservations are required as space is limited to 60 participants.

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Barrels, Bottles & Casks Fall Tours at Poplar Forest

September 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - September 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$25

Did you know that many of today’s culinary historians consider Thomas Jefferson to be America’s first foodie? Join Poplar Forest on a guided tour that begins in Mr. Jefferson’s kitchen and progresses through the octagonal villa with stops along the way to sample different beverages and share insights into the types of foods consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest during the crisp autumn months. Admission to the Fall Barrels, Bottles & Casks tasting tour is $25…

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October 2018

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours at Poplar Forest

October 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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An amateur archaeologist himself, Thomas Jefferson is credited by some for setting the precedent for modern archaeological science. Join Poplar Forest’s archaeologists for a 90-minute walking tour focused on the latest archaeological dig sites and discoveries on the plantation. View a special display of objects found on the property, and learn what they tell us about life at Poplar Forest. Admission to the Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours is included with admission to Poplar Forest; reservations are suggested. Tours at 11 a.m.…

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Naturalization Ceremony at Poplar Forest

October 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Join Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge Chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest. (Rescheduled from September 17)

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Poplar Forest Folk Fest

October 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$20.00

“Music…furnishes a delightful recreation for the hours of respite from the cares of the day, and lasts us through life.” Jefferson to Nathaniel Burwell, March 14, 1818 Listen to some of Virginia’s best folk music and Americana bands in the backyard of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat house. Pair the music with local foods, shop for works by local artisans and explore Jefferson’s octagonal villa—considered his most perfect work of architecture—at a reduced rate. Bands include the Sons of Liberty, the Crooked…

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November 2018

Colonial Canine Celebration

November 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for the dedication and ribbon-cutting of our brand-new dog kennel and the release of the children’s book Colonial Klaus in Thomas Jefferson’s House. Book Signing by Author Laura Macaluso (with an appearance by Klaus himself!) Costumed Dog Parade & Competition On-Site Pet Adoptions from the Lynchburg Humane Society Special Guest “Thomas Jefferson” Colonial Klaus Books & T-Shirts for Sale Discounted House Tours Available

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Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Eat, drink, shop and explore a piece of American history when the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival returns to Poplar Forest. The festival, which celebrates Jefferson’s legacy as the father of Virginia Wine, features tastings from over a dozen of Virginia’s finest wineries. Funds raised by the festival support the ongoing restoration and preservation of the Founding Father’s secluded Bedford County retreat. Jefferson VIP Wine Festival passes—which include access to a private tent, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a private audience with Mr.…

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Holiday Candlelight Tours

November 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on December 1, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 7, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 8, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 14, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 6, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on December 13, 2018 at 5:30pm

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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$20

Celebrate the advent of the Christmas season with Jeffersonian style on a magical, candlelight tour of Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat. Tour the president’s cherished hideaway decorated for the holidays, as was the custom in Jefferson’s time, on these hour long tours. Explore the villa by candlelight as your guide paints an intimate portrait of the Jefferson family celebration and Christmas in the slave quarter, sharing true stories and anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s letters and diaries. Admission is $20 per person.…

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December 2018

Holiday Candlelight Wine Dinner at Poplar Forest

December 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Join Poplar Forest for a holiday feast fit for Jefferson himself. After a candlelight tour of the octagonal villa, dinner guests will be seated in the President’s dining room to enjoy a multi-course meal and wine pairings. Tickets for the Candlelight Wine Dinner and House Tour are $125 per person or $225 per couple.

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February 2019

Winter Weekends at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until March 9, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until March 10, 2019

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Spend time as Jefferson did—in the home designed as his personal retreat. Read and relax in a historic setting, enjoy complimentary coffee and tea, explore our grounds or engage with special exhibits and vignettes. And on Saturdays, join us for gallery talks led by experts on subjects related to Jefferson’s time, including the eventful year of 1819. A LOOK AT THE YEAR 1819 A momentous year, 1819 was fraught with peril: a financial panic gripped the nation—and Jefferson himself; an…

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March 2019

Opening Day at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Poplar Forest re-opens daily, offering guided tours and a host of special events. Explore the Founding Father’s private retreat on an hour-long tour; guides share true stories and anecdotes about Jefferson’s life at Poplar Forest and that of his enslaved workers gleaned from his correspondence and diaries, as well as archaeological evidence. For more insight into the work and lives of the enslaved residents, weekend visitors have the opportunity to add an Enslaved Community Tour (when available) to their itinerary…

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Opening Weekend Trail Hike at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States
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Discover the natural beauty of the landscape that captivated Thomas Jefferson. Join Dr. Eric Proebsting, the Director of Archaeology and Landscapes at Poplar Forest for an afternoon hike through meadows and woodlands, and around the creeks on the plantation grounds. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations are suggested, as participation is limited to 20.

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