Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Forest

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  • The drive through fields and woods to the house sets the scene for your visit. The tour starts with an informative film. Then your guide takes you on a tour of all of the rooms in the house. Afterward...  more »
  • I'm sorry to have to write this, but I feel it's appropriate. We bought two $20 tickets for the last Candlelight Tour of the 2017 season (12/16, 6:30PM). The staff was very good, quite knowledgeable a...  more »
  • 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! Popla...  more »
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  • Poplar Forest is a beautiful, historic building with outstanding architecture. The foundation is restoring it to the original design of Thomas Jefferson. Tours are reasonably priced and the tour guides we have had have been knowledgeable and interesting. Well worth a visit.
  • Sorta interesting place to visit...not at the top of my list to visit. Admired by the building skills and craftmanship of black slaves...free labor...ashame we have to pay to see it now. There should be a free month sometime during the year, come on. Tour guides are nice people...they have a scripted version of this place. How many slaves were whipped...hung...how many hours were they forced to work, including young girls and boys without food or water...how many died from exhaustion...how many slaves did he have? How long do you think it took to build this getaway for him using men, women, and children 12 or more hours everyday using only your hands and the sweat off your back, no mechanical equipment? Let's share that piece of history with everyone visiting. There are generations of family members of those slaves still in that area. Many were fathered by him. It would be awesome for all people to see the good and bad that took place here and to hear from relatives from ALL of his decendants. Let the truth be told...that's history.
  • Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Come and learn about Jefferson and the plantation community that provided Jefferson a place of solitude and rejuvenation.
  • You definitely have to know where you are going since it is located down a long gravel drive. It's not the showcase Monticello is, but if you like history and presidents, then it is worth a look. I enjoyed the trip back in time to see Jefferson's retirement home and to see his ideas on architecture manifested. It is important to note that the main house is still being restored to its original glory and that there is little furniture in the rooms. But the grounds are not too large and the surrounding historical buildings are easily accessible by foot. All in all, a pleasant afternoon.
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