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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Great for the children

Took the grandsons on a very hot day. They enjoyed every part from the class room and and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Walter S
Madison Heights, Virginia
A "Hidden Gem".

This place is great for comparing and contrasting with Monticello, especially in the same trip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat and plantation located in Forest, Virginia. It is one of only two homes that Mr. Jefferson designed and built for his own use.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551-4239
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the grandsons on a very hot day. They enjoyed every part from the class room and and the movies to walking the grounds. Nice place to view our history for sure.

Thank Walter S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great for comparing and contrasting with Monticello, especially in the same trip. The house is still being restored, which offers a great architectural opportunity to see details that are usually hidden behind plaster and molding. When we were there, a team of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live near Monticello and have seen that several times. We thought it might be interesting to see the 'summer home', too. There are aspects of the house and grounds that reminded us of Monticello but also some things that were very different. There is...More

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended we visit since we were also touring Monticello. Glad we made the extra time in our road trip. It was a great compliment to our trip to Monticello. The retreat is currently being restored and the tour was very informative and nice...More

Thank SarahPU
Reviewed August 16, 2018

Not enough time for Monticello? This makes a good alternative (although not a substitute). An opportunity to learn about T. Jefferson, some of his interests and his architectural skills. The house is small in comparison, but that is what he intended. No real space for...More

Thank RecreationV
Reviewed July 25, 2018

I had never heard of this until I was researching things to do. It was really interesting and much smaller then Monticello, but I guess this was more like Jefferson's cabin in the woods. The problem is that the woods are no longer, and it...More

Thank Cherokee6Pilot
Reviewed July 25, 2018

The tour was highly informative offering glimpses into Jefferson's personality and character. The house tour was worthwhile and interesting. It is bare bones and in the process of being restored. Be prepared for empty rooms. I'd planned to purchase tickets for a tour of the...More

Thank patterson2911
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Poplar Forest was a vacation home of Thomas Jefferson. The house was designed by him and built according to exact specifications he conveyed via letter while president. The best part about this place are: 1. Tour guides do a great job showing unique architectural aspects...More

1  Thank Chicagobanana
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

So fun to hear about Thomas Jefferson’s home and interests in architecture. It’s a guided tour through the home and self guided through the yard. One cool thing we thought about while walking through the yard and home was Thomas Jefferson touching the bricks that...More

Thank Grussingtravels
Reviewed July 19, 2018

We had an excellent tour guide; grounds are interesting to walk around. What is particularly interesting about going at this point in time is that the site is in the process of restoration, so much of what is discussed is the restoration process. Particularly interesting...More

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Jane H
April 18, 2017|
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Response from USCGRetired | Reviewed this property |
I have an RV too, I would suggest coming in to Poplar Forest the 'back way' through the neighborhood off of Waterlick Road. Mind the overhanging trees though! The main road is pretty narrow. There are two gravel parking... More
July 6, 2016|
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Response from bill20 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but Jefferson was meticulous in keeping records...if the wonderful guides at Poplar Forest were not able to assist you, I would check Monticello and online for Jefferson's writings..
Marcia M
June 18, 2016|
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Response from 3Eagles | Reviewed this property |
the house tour is about 45 minutes, depending on the guide and how many questions are asked by participants. Also tours are done on specific times so you may have to wait for the next tour. Fortunately, there is a self... More