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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Address: 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
Phone Number: +1 434-534-8120
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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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Always wanted to visit

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Rocky Top, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Thomas Jefferson's summer home, sort of a miniature Monticello. This place is very cool. I can see why TJ loved it so much. See Monticello, of course, but this one is interesting too.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Old historic home of Thomas Jefferson modeled after Monticello. Some rooms near completion while others are in process or have been left partially finished so visitors can see how the house was constructed.

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Forest, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Anything about Thomas Jefferson, one of our greatest Presidents and thinkers, is interesting, but restoration is still on-going after thirty years. Tour guides are knowledgable. Monticello, in Charlottesville, has a completed, more extensive facility, so if you only have time for one Jeffersonian visit, try there.

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

What's not to like about Thomas Jefferson? We very much enjoyed our visit to this historic attraction, Jefferson's 'retreat' which features not only his architectural genius but also his interest in botany. The tour was informative even if the tour guide was confused by questions that seemed to interrupt the 'tape' he had prepared. The octagonal building itself is being... More 

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