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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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A Re Treat

After visiting Monticello, I was wondering what this would be like. Well, it is not... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Washington DC, District of Columbia
If you like Jefferson, this is a must see. (and it's nice for others, too

Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a bucolic little home and estate just west of Lynchburg, VA. The home... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jason S
Fairfax, 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
+1 434-534-8120
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Reviewed yesterday

After visiting Monticello, I was wondering what this would be like. Well, it is not as fancy as Monticello, but it is a great place that you must see. Be advised that it is not open all year round so you may need to check...More

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed 6 days ago

Jefferson's Poplar Forest is a bucolic little home and estate just west of Lynchburg, VA. The home -- Jefferson called it his retreat -- is an interesting octagonal structure with bedrooms on the sides, a library parlor in the back, and the dining room smack...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Poplar Forest is often over looked but it should not be. It provides an excellent look back to the time frame of Thomas Jefferson and America. The location is one of the site that has not given in to commercialization at any cost to stay...More

Thank DrJDM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking forward to seeing it when the house is fully restored. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Kathleen G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy historic places so Jefferson's second home was a treat to see. You can see a lot of the same design details from Monticello in this house as well. Since the house is being restored to resemble what it would have looked like in...More

Thank ChallengerRT345
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not know that Thomas Jefferson had two homes until I read his biography. Poplar Forest is his second home that he did not make very public, however, visitors can see it now and learn more about this great historical figure. The architecture resembles...More

Thank camellad2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A worth while visit to see how Thomas Jefferson got away from it all. Very interesting to see the restoration as it progresses first hand.

Thank atcretired
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying in Lynchburg and were headed north to see Monticello when we read that this is a must see. I concur, that is a place you should not miss. This was Thomas Jefferson's retreat. A really quiet beautiful place to visit and to...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had missed Poplar Forest on a previous visit and really looked forward to visit. Delivered on all expectations. This is a unique historic property and if you have any interest in Thomas Jefferson, architecture, landscape design, the plantation economy and how it depended on...More

Thank susanmassachusetts
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Camp David is the presidential retreat. However, long before Dwight Eisenhower had Camp David constructed Thomas Jefferson had established a presidential retreat in Virginia. Clearly a "hidden gem" for travelers, this home offers a fascinating companion/comparison to Monticello, Jefferson's better known home. The reconstruction of...More

Thank Randy L
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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