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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Went Just Before a Fall Sunset / Beautiful Architecture and Amazing Vistas

I've been wanting to go to Poplar Forest for years. It was well worth the detour between Richmond... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rome, GA, USA
Spending Halloween with TJ

After visiting Monticello several times, I had always wanted to visit Poplar Forest. What a great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nellysford, 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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1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551-4239
+1 434-534-8120
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been wanting to go to Poplar Forest for years. It was well worth the detour between Richmond and Charlottesville — I really enjoyed the history around the land and the house, and how it fit into the Jefferson story since it is always overshadowed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Monticello several times, I had always wanted to visit Poplar Forest. What a great time our family had. We happened to visit on the day the archeologists had totally uncovered the Jefferson era horse and buggy cobblestones in the front circle. The whole...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

This home is a Monticello in miniature with far fewer trimmings. Jefferson did not get here very often and the home was taken care of in between visits by others. After Jefferson's death It met with bad times and is still being renovated. While I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Jefferson’s Poplar Forrest retreat, actually an approximately 2,000 sq ft Plantation Home he designed, is located 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forrest, VA 24551, 434-534-8120. Back in Jefferson’s Day, Poplar Forrest was a 3-Day buggy ride or a 2-Day ride by horse, SE of Monticello. Jefferson...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

WE go there 2-3 times a year for different activities. July 4th event is fun, love the people in period dress, know their lines but the food and drink is good too. I love learning about his love of architecture and farming.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank debbienp2014
Reviewed October 28, 2018

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a must see National Historic Landmark that is definitely worth the $16.00 per adult admission price. Admission includes a short video at the Visitors Center followed by a guided tour of the main level of Jefferson's octagonal retreat house (which...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank travel50states
Reviewed October 25, 2018

We stopped in on a Tuesday afternoon and took the guided tour.The cost was very reasonable and everyone had a good time learning the history of Poplar Forest and Thomas Jefferson.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dinom
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We visited Poplar prior to visiting Monticello and what a great idea that was. This home is amazing and the architecture makes so much sense when you see Monticello in conjunction. The home is under a bit of construction but it is great to see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine I
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

We went to Poplar Forest this week, and enjoyed the experience greatly. The tour of Thomas Jefferson’s house was interesting from the video to the tour. Excavation was going on, and they had found the original circular road that had been in front of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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 billmail20 | 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