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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Address: 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
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Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat and plantation located...

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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jefferson retreat

we recently visited the 2nd home or retreat of Thomas Jefferson known as Poplar Forest. Their is a tour guide who introduces you to the history of the property and takes you on a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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madison wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we recently visited the 2nd home or retreat of Thomas Jefferson known as Poplar Forest. Their is a tour guide who introduces you to the history of the property and takes you on a historic journey into what might have been like in the home many yrs ago. It is slowly being restored to its original sight. A much smaller... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful and little known place to visit. A mini Monticello. Many of Thomas Jefferson's inventions are on display and during the visit the guides do a great job of explaining why he built the house and how they lived during that era

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Sanford, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

To be honest, I had never heard of this site before planning a trip to the area. It is easy to drive too once you are in the Forest area. The admission is $15 for adults, but you can purchase a combo ticket for $17 dollars that will get you also into the D-Day Memorial (normally $10 for adults) in... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This turned out to be a very informative visit to Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Our docent was very good, explaining what we could and couldn't see in the house. The restoration process is painstakingly slow, but no detail is overlooked as the ongoing research is methodical. Mr Jefferson's talents were displayed here on a lesser level than Monticello, but this... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We were staying at a local B&B for the weekend and decided to visit Polar Forest. I had wanted to visit after learning about it during a visit to Monticello. Our GPS was a little confusing because we were routed through a neighborhood! It turns out that we were routed to the 'back door' of the property! There was plenty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Had a great time with Dick Byrn, he showed us around Thomas Jefferson's "vacation house" got to see lot of history including the main house, the kitchen, and all the architecture that went along with it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The inside of the home is not what one would expect with a historic house. There is none of the elegance like one sees @ Monticello...that is because that are restoring this home & are giving guest the opportunity to view that process. I really enjoyed seeing the house in this stage!

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Cecilia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is unique in that it shows a plantation house from the bones out. It is being restored right before our eyes, so that we can see the construction techniques of 200 years ago, from framing to plaster work. The restoration is based on the approximately 1500 letters of instruction that Jefferson wrote as the house was... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Poplar Forest, although lessor known than it's cousin Monticello, is a wonderful stop to glean history, study architecture and enjoy beauty. The staff does a wonderful job with guided tours, and you leave feeling as though you stepped back in time for an afternoon.

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Been to Monticello and it is a must see but a little stuffy. This is not, more down home atmosphere but also a must see. Poplar Forest is not owned or associated with Monticello. Restoration is still going on which makes this place interesting. Since it is not as Popular as Monticello the tour group we had was smaller, only... More 

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