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October 2016

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

October 1
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Ever wonder what it would be like to work on the archaeology of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat home? Join Poplar Forest’s archaeologists on a walking tour of their latest project, the new Poplar Forest Parkway. Explore the course of the road and where it intersects with historic aspects of the property. Comfortable walking shoes will be necessary. Tours will be offered at the following times: 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. In addition to the Parkway walking tour, the Archaeology Lab will be…

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$25

Barrels, Bottles and Casks Tours

October 14 - October 15
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Barrels, Bottles and Casks returns with a Fall version of this popular tour that focuses on the beverages and spirits Thomas Jefferson and the plantation’s enslaved community consumed. These guided tours progress through the house with stops along the way to sample different 19th-century inspired beverages and share insights into the types of foods enjoyed on the plantation during Jefferson's time. Following the tour, Virginia Distillery Company will provide a whiskey tasting and primer.  Tours are available Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 ​ at 6:00 and…

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$10.00 - $15.00

Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Conversations on Creativity

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Poplar Forest as we partner with the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts (VCCA) to welcome author Stephen O' Connor and local playwright, Teresa Harris, as they discuss the artistic process both have used to create works of art centered around Thomas Jefferson and Poplar Forest. O'Connor's recent novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, was conceived of while he was a Fellow in residence at the VCCA in Amherst, VA. Harris, an employee of Randolph College, works to…

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$10 - $15

Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—The Vice Presidency: From Burr to Biden and Beyond

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Explore the lives that have lived just a heartbeat away from the highest office in the land, as a part of this timely and thought-provoking discussion on the history and the contemporary state of the Office of the Vice President. Join Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley, IV, together with Dr. Bill Harbour, a Longwood University associate professor of political science, in the dining room of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat house, for a lively conversation on the ever-evolving Office of the Vice President, with an emphasis on modern candidates and officeholders.…

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November 2016

8th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 19 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Thomas Jefferson called wine “...a necessary of life with me.” Join thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts at his secluded plantation for a Virginia wine festival like no other, featuring Virginia wineries along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment. It is held inside large, heated tents, rain or shine. Tasting tickets include a complimentary wine glass. Because this is an adult event, there are no children’s activities available. We ask that attendees refrain from bringing outside food or drink. With the exception of service…

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December 2016

Holiday Candlelight Tours

December 1 @ 5:30 pm - December 17 @ 5:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

  Ring in the holidays with a magical candlelit tour of Mr. Jefferson’s cherished villa retreat dressed for the holidays with 19th-century panache. These very popular—and often sold out—after-hours tours offer an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson and his family’s evenings might have been like. As visitors walk through the octagonal house, they’ll be entertained by anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s letters and diaries. 5:30 p.m. tours are offered on the following Thursday evenings: —December 1 —December 8 —December 15 5:30…

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