Jefferson and King George III
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In 1773, Thomas Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited approximately 4,800 acres from the estate of John Wayles, Martha’s father. Jefferson designed an octagonal villa and in 1806 traveled to Bedford County to oversee the laying of the foundation. Poplar Forest served as a retreat for Jefferson and his grandchildren as well as a working plantation, generating cash income. During Jefferson’s residency, 1806 to 1823, the enslaved community ranged from 60 to 100 people. The house and land was inherited by Jefferson’s grandson, Francis Eppes and later sold to William Cobbs. Over the years, its acreage dwindled and the house underwent many structural changes. In December 1983, the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest was formed to rescue this landmark for the educational and cultural benefit of the public. Today, Poplar Forest is a National and Virginia landmark. Restoration and archaeology are on-going.
Blue Ridge PBS:
Since 1967, Blue Ridge PBS has provided instructional television for western Virginia, and today broadcasts SOL-correlated programs to 41 school divisions with 200,000 students. Blue Ridge PBS works on-site with all communities of learners, including teachers, pre-schoolers, and adult learners. Blue Ridge PBS sponsors the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest and the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Virginia Department of Education and Virtual Virginia:
Programs that support the Virginia Standards of Learning for students, teachers, and administrators are delivered via Virginia on iTunes U. The Department of Education is pleased to make Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest program available via streaming through iTunes U to students across the Commonwealth and nation.