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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Thomas Jefferson History!

Thomas Jefferson's Summer home... to get away from the heat of Monticello in the Summer and also to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Farmville, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Durham, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thomas Jefferson's Summer home... to get away from the heat of Monticello in the Summer and also to get away from the innumerable houseguest --that wanted to drop in on the Jeffersons uninvited! Poplar Forest's locale was unknown to the public and gave him the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour/ great guides / out of the way but so worth the trip/ hidden history/ check this out/ well worth the small fee

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting view of life at the start of the country. There was some restoration left to be done, but the restoration that has been done seems to have been done with quite a bit of accuracy. The guide that took us through...More

Thank AL_Pete
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Thomas Jefferson's summer/retirement home. Octagonal shaped house and original grounds. It is always a work in progress with excavations going on and redoing of the grounds. Guided tours available. Nice gift shop and an ever changing schedule of special events and activities for all ages.

Reviewed 9 November 2017

While we didn't have time to tour the home itself, we did stop at the lovely gift shop and buy some unusual gifts and leisurely stroll through the aisles with delight. Having been to Monticello, it was our hope that we would have time to...More

Thank Dineyander
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Wonderful tour of the home interior - guide was terrific (Aaron?). Still undergoing restoration. Hearing about the restoration process was very interesting. Wanted to visit about 10 years ago, but it wasn't open at the time we passed by. Wish we had, as it would...More

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The retirement home of Thomas Jefferson isn’t always easy to.find but well worth the effort. First visit Monticello and if you have time visit Poplar Forest. The two homes go hand in hand although no mention is ever made of Poplar Forest during Monticello tours....More

Thank Thelmadee
Reviewed 11 October 2017

My wife traveled past this location for years as she was doing business in the area. We were able to take a short vacation recently and she insisted we visit. It was absolutely amazing. It was the highlight of our trip! I would highly recommend...More

Thank Marshall B
Reviewed 27 September 2017

I love Poplar Forest because it was Thomas Jefferson's private place. The balance & symmetry of the home is amazing. It seems like such a livable house. Just as beautiful as Monticello but so much more modest. The guides here are excellent; they have such...More

1  Thank lrobinson2g2
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We were driving back from going to see the eclipse in South Carolina and stopped by to see what they were working on. The place is fabulous and is getting better every time we go. More people are giving to it, to restore it to...More

Thank MainePeg
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Jane H
18 April 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
6 July 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
19 June 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