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July 2016
$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. Following the tour, Virginia Distillery Company will provide a whiskey tasting and primer. Tours are available Friday, July 29 and Saturday,…

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August 2016

Virginia Shakespeare Initiative: “An Evening of Shakespeare: Selected Comedies and Love Scenes”

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 honor of the 400th anniversary of his death. Bring a lawn chair and 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 7:30 p.m.*…

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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 IS NOW OPEN! SIGN UP TODAY! 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 1-19) Y or Poplar Forest…

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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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$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 Professor of Law and Religious Studies Douglas Laycock; award-winning author, historian and non-resident fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities John Ragosta; and Andrew Seidel, constitutional consultant with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in Jefferson's dining room for a lively conversation on what freedom of religion meant…

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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. Two tours will be offered: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In addition to the Parkway walking tour, the Archaeology Lab will…

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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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