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September 2016
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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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Discovery in the Garden

September 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Did you know that gardening was one of Jefferson’s greatest passions? Join us for a botanically focused day featuring: “Jefferson Care: Thomas Jefferson on Healthcare, Doctors, Good Health and His Garden,” presented by Joe Pond Cooking demonstration using herbs from our gardens led by Mary Kesler, Lead Guide Landscape tours focused on Jefferson’s design of the property led by Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes Talks by gardening experts “Ask the Masters” table staffed by master gardeners ready to take…

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$10 - $15

Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Religious Freedom: Now and in Jefferson’s Time

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

Explore both the history and the future of religious freedom in America during this frank and illuminating discussion tracing the evolving relationship of church and state, from Jefferson’s time to our own. Join University of Virginia law and religion professor Douglas Laycock, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the laws of religious liberty; Andrew Seidel, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation; and award-winning author, lawyer and historian John Ragosta in Jefferson's dining room for a lively conversation on what freedom of…

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Peaks of Otter Hike with Mr. Jefferson

September 24 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Peaks of Otter Lodge,
85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Bedford, VA 24523 United States

Additional dinner and lodging package available Discover one of Virginia’s most legendary landscapes, guided by one of the most legendary Virginians– Thomas Jefferson himself. Through the partnership of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, the National Park Service and Poplar Forest, a limited number of guests will tour the scenic mountain peak of Sharp Top, with Mr. Jefferson, as portrayed by actor Bill Barker, providing his unique perspective on the cultural and natural histories it holds. A dining and lodging package is also available through the Peaks of Otter Lodge,…

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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 wondered 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 archaeology of 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…

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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…

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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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