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Winter Weekend Reflections: At Home with Mr. Jefferson

January 16, 2016 - March 13, 2016

| $3 - $15

Winter Reflections at Poplar ForestEnjoy the quiet and solace of winter at Poplar Forest as Jefferson once did for our winter weekends. Experience the beauty of the natural landscape and explore—at your own pace—the architectural design that makes the retreat so unique. Self-guided tours include complimentary coffee or tea and guides will be available to answer questions.

This year’s Winter Reflections offers a unique experience with new displays and a series of gallery talks and special programs. Details and tickets below!




PoplarForest-38Investigate Natural History

See how the natural environment at Poplar Forest has transitioned since Jefferson’s time, with artifact cases detailing:

Jefferson’s designed landscape
Cultivation of wheat and tobacco
Hunting and wildlife during Jefferson’s time
Forest succession through dendrochronology and macro and micro-botanical evidence


Explore Jefferson’s Architectural JourneyPoplarForest-22

Get an exclusive look at rarely seen artifacts pulled from the archives just for this occasion. Interpretive posters help tell the story of Jefferson’s iconic design and how it came together.





Play period games at Poplar Forest's Winter ReflectionsPlay Period Games

Guests are invited to try their hand at the polygraph, or sit down and enjoy a game of cards, checkers or mancala.







Read and Relax

Borrow one of the special books on display—or bring your own—and read from the comfort of the Campeche chair overlooking the South lawn. All editions on display are similar to ones owned by Jefferson.

Period books available to handle with white gloves:
The Poetical Works of James Thompson, 1777 (Petit format book)
Universal Geography by M. Malte-Brun, 1822
Oeuvres de Moliere, vol. 5 by Moliere, 1753


PoplarForest-12Period books on display only, no handling:
—Notes on the State of Virginia, 2nd edition, 1794
Sacra Biblia, Vulgate Editionis, 1664 [Old Testament in Latin]
Dramatic Dialogues for the Use of Young Persons by Mrs. Pinchard, 1798 [book bought by Jefferson for his granddaughters to read]
First Book of Architecture by Andrea Palladio [First Italian Edition], 1728




NEW: Gallery Talks and Special ProgramsPoplarForest-14

February 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Join Poplar Forest’s Senior Research Archaeologist Eric Proebsting for a discussion on dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) and the discoveries made at Poplar Forest while making way for the new parkway entrance. Included with general admission.

March 5 (rain date March 12) at 1:00 p.m.
Join wildlife photographer, writer and naturalist Mike Roberts for a gallery talk about the natural habitat of Poplar Forest today versus Jefferson’s time. The session will wrap up with a short hike through the plantation. Included with general admission.


Winter Weekend Reflections are offered Saturdays and Sundays, January 16 through Sunday, March 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased below or upon arrival at the Museum Shop.



We offer discounted admission of $10 for adult and senior guests staying at the Peaks of Otter. Visit their website for more details.


January 16, 2016
March 13, 2016
$3 - $15


Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
(434) 525-1806

Who's Attending

14 people are attending Winter Weekend Reflections: At Home with Mr. Jefferson

  • Matthew J Lattig
  • Matthew J Lattig
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  • Brian Lynch
  • Brian Lynch
  • Elizabeth Burns
  • Elizabeth Burns
  • James Marchman
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  • James Marchman
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  • Chloe Curtis
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