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January 2015

Winter Reflections At Home with Mr. Jefferson

January 17 - March 15
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Saturdays and Sundays, January 17 through Sunday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spend winter weekends relaxing and reflecting at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat. Read a book in the campeche chair, overlooking the south lawn and as Jefferson once did; enjoy complimentary coffee or tea; or just explore the house and grounds at your own pace. Guides will be available to answer questions, and special archaeological artifacts from the collections will be temporarily on display. Self-guided tours are only…

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March 2015

Book Talk: “Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia”

March 19 @ 12:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Join Dr. Lynn Rainville—anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the study of the everyday lives of ordinary people in historic Virginian Communities—as she discusses her newest work, Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia. In Hidden History, Lynn Rainville travels through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there for over two hundred years. The subjects of Rainville’s research are not statesmen or plantation elites; they…

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Barrels, Bottles and Casks Tours

March 27 - March 28
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Discover Jefferson’s favorite beverages with an evening of wine and beer sampling. Special guided tours will highlight the common meals and drinks of Jefferson as well as the enslaved population at Poplar Forest, followed by a cellar-side tasting and light snacks. Featured beverages will include Hard Cider from Albemarle CiderWorks, Starr Hill Monticello Reserve Ale, Jefferson Vineyards Meritage, hot tea and coffee. Tours are offered on 2 nights—Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28—at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25,…

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April 2015

Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting

April 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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    Join fellow beer lovers in celebration of one of Jefferson’s favorite beverages. Discover your new favorite craft beer as you sample offerings from 11 regional breweries and beyond. Learn more about the brewing processes Jefferson worked so hard to perfect with education classes and demonstrations. Enjoy live music by Chamomile & Whiskey and Wysteria, pair your pints with local food, and check out work by local artisans.  Visitors can enjoy up to 20 five-ounce tastings from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00…

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Naturalization Ceremony with the Blue Ridge NSDAR

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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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 Thomas Jefferson’s 282 birthday. Admission is included with general admission entry. This event is free for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships.

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Garden Day in Lynchburg

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Learn about historic garden archaeology and restoration at Jefferson’s retreat, an official project of the Garden Club of Virginia. Free with regular admission or a Lynchburg Garden Day ticket. This event is free for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships.

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May 2015

Conversations with Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson

May 2 @ 1:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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In the autumn of 1815, Thomas Jefferson welcomed the returning war hero Andrew Jackson for a brief visit to Poplar Forest before accompanying him on a procession to Lynchburg and offering a toast at a public dinner held in the general’s honor. Join Mr. Jefferson as he welcomes General Andrew Jackson back to Poplar Forest in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jackson’s historic visit to the plantation. Matinee performance starts at 2:15 p.m. with a reception preceding at 1:30…

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Architectural Restoration Talk & Tour

May 9 @ 11:15 am - 3:15 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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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. These specialized tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 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 memberships.

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Mother’s Day

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Give mom a special treat this Mother’s Day with a free tour of Poplar Forest! Admission is free for mothers, all day and for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships.

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Michael W. Twitty Foodways Event

May 29 - May 30

Join culinary historian, historical interpreter and chef Michael W. Twitty—one of the few recognized experts on historical African American food and folk culture, and on the culinary traditions of historical Africa and her diaspora—for a journey through sourcing and cookery through the lens of a colonial-era African American cook. Additional details to follow.

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