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April 2016
$9 - $32

Conversations with Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe

April 30 @ 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Sit in on a conversation between Thomas Jefferson and his friend James Monroe as the two discuss their shared experiences as teacher and protégé, revolutionaries, political colleagues and neighbors. Matinee performance starts at 2:15 p.m. with a reception preceding at 1:30 p.m. House tours will be available at a discounted rate of $9.00. The evening performance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a reception preceding at 7:00 p.m. Evening performance includes tour of house during reception. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended and…

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May 2016

Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Rediscover Jefferson’s true architectural masterpiece with a guided tour and slide lecture with the latest updates from Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration, Travis McDonald. Learn about the history of the restoration and have a look at the work currently in process. These specialized tours are offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to tour to ensure space is available. Free with regular admission. This event is free for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our…

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Mother’s Day

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Treat mom to a special visit to Poplar Forest this Mother’s Day. Tour the octagonal villa that Thomas Jefferson designed and built as his private retreat while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of his ornamental garden and the natural landscape in full spring bloom. Admission is free for mothers, all day and for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships.

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Legends of the Land

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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LANTERN-LIT TOURS ILLUMINATE THE LIVES OF THE ENSLAVED MEN AND WOMEN WHO HELPED CREATE JEFFERSON’S PLANTATION Delve into the authentic lives of the men and women who contributed most directly and intrinsically to forming Thomas Jefferson’s secluded Bedford County plantation. Guided, lantern-lit tours give you the chance to witness the landscape through the eyes of the enslaved community at Poplar Forest, while experiencing first-hand the stories told, the songs sung and the skills used to create, adorn and maintain the plantation. The paths…

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June 2016

Virginia Shakespeare Initiative: “Othello”

June 3 - June 11
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson’s south lawn. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is partnering with The Virginia Shakespeare Initiative in a statewide celebration of William Shakespeare’s work in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse. The performance will take place five nights at Poplar Forest, each beginning at…

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Father’s Day

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

This Father’s Day, treat your dad to a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation grounds. Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren were his most frequent guests at Poplar Forest where they often spent time reading and studying the natural landscape together. Enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape that once inspired Jefferson’s creativity; take a guided tour of his most personal architectural design; view special exhibits featuring recent archaeological finds on the plantation; and learn more about the restoration in process.…

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July 2016

1776, The Concert Musical

July 1 - July 2
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the our special presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Revel in the spirit of the Revolutionary era with Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson); become acquainted with their personal foibles; and celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country’s history. The performance will be held on two nights at…

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Independence Day Celebration

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at Thomas Jefferson’s second home. Enjoy music, dancing, historical entertainment, games, storytelling and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Activities typically include: A reading of the Declaration of Independence featuring the cast of 1776 Period games Period entertainment Acrobatic acts Musical performances Pony rides Various food vendors Period craftsmen demonstrations Tickets are sold day of. Admission is $9 for adults, ages 15 and under are free. House tours are also available…

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$25

Barrels, Bottles, & Casks

July 29 - July 30
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Barrels, Bottles, and Casks return with a focus on the beverages and spirits Thomas Jefferson and the plantation’s enslaved community consumed during the hot summer months. These guided tours begin in Jefferson’s kitchen and progress through the house with stops along the way to sample different 19th century beverages and share insights into the types of foods enjoyed on the plantation during Jefferson's time. Tours are available Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. each night. Visitors…

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August 2016

Virginia Shakespeare Initiative: “An Evening of Shakespeare”

August 5 - August 13
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson’s south lawn. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is partnering with The Virginia Shakespeare Initiative in a statewide celebration of William Shakespeare’s work in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse. The performance will take place five nights at Poplar Forest, each beginning at…

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Face the Forest 5k Obstacle Course Race

August 20 @ 8:00 am
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Are you up for an adventure? Challenge yourself to beat the clock as you take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way! Entry fees will support children’s educational programming at Poplar Forest. Registration to open June 1. Early Registration (through July 31) Y or Poplar Forest Members: $30 Non Members: $35 Teams: $25 per person (Y or PF Member) $30 per person (non members) Late Registration (August 1 through Race Day) Y or…

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September 2016
$10

Stargazing at Poplar Forest

September 10 @ 8:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

One of America’s first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson, considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin, former Director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at Lynchburg College, for an illuminating look at the night sky from the president’s secluded retreat. The evening begins with a presentation about Jefferson's love of astronomy and a look at the history and future of the Universe. Attendees will then move out to…

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Naturalization Ceremony with the Blue Ridge NSDAR

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Join Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as we welcome 30 new citizens in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the day in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created. Admission is included with general admission. This event is free for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships. Sponsored by:

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