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January 2016
$3 - $15

Winter Weekend Reflections: At Home with Mr. Jefferson

January 16 - March 13
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Enjoy 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!       Investigate Natural History See how…

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February 2016

Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Black Resistance: Now and in Jefferson’s Time

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

In honor of Black History Month, we invite John d’Entremont, Chair of the History Department and The Theodore H. Jack Professor of History from Randolph College, for a discussion about slave resistance and how it relates to African American resistance movements today. Joining Dr. d’Entremont in Jefferson’s dining room, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, will speak about resistance movements today. They will be joined by Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, who will talk about slave resistance…

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March 2016

Nature Hike and Lecture

March 5 @ 1:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Join wildlife photographer, writer and naturalist Mike Roberts for a lecture about the natural habitat of Poplar Forest today and in Jefferson’s time. The lecture will conclude with a short hike around the plantation lead by Mr, Roberts. Included with general admission.

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$25

Barrels, Bottles & Casks Tours

March 25 - March 26
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Our unique Barrels, Bottles and Casks tours are back by popular demand! Spend an evening at Poplar Forest sampling beverages and spirits served during Thomas Jefferson’s time. Explore early-19th-century Americans’ beverages of choice on a guided tour that begins in Jefferson’s kitchen and progresses through the house, with stops along the way to sample different beverages and share insights into the types of foods enjoyed on the plantation. Tours are available Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 and…

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April 2016

Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting

April 9 @ 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 many regional breweries and beyond. Enjoy live music, pair your pints with local food and shop for works by local crafters and artisans. Visitors can enjoy up to 20 five-ounce tastings from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets for 20 tastings are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; tickets for 10 tastings are $25 at the…

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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

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 273rd 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 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Plan to include a visit to the ornamental gardens at Poplar Forest in your Garden Day itinerary. An avid gardener and accomplished landscape designer, Thomas Jefferson was enthralled with the natural world, recording his ideas and plans for the ornamental landscape design at Poplar Forest in his journals and discussing them with like-minded friends. Learn more about Jefferson’s ornamental landscape designs, recent archaeological finds and how they are working to restore the grounds to his original vision––an official project of…

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$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. The evening performance begins at 8:00 p.m. with a reception preceding at 7:00 p.m. House tours will be available at a discounted rate of $9.00. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended and can be purchased below.

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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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