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August 2015

Face the Forest 5k Obstacle Course Race

August 15 @ 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? Race through the fields and wooded areas of Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way! Entry fees will support children’s educational programming at Poplar Forest. Register today here. 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 Poplar Forest Members: $35 Non Members: $40 Teams: $30 per person…

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September 2015

Naturalization Ceremony with the Blue Ridge NSDAR

September 17 @ 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 Constitution Day. Admission is included with general admission. This event is free for Poplar Forest members. Click here to learn more about our memberships.

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Stargazing at Poplar Forest

September 19 @ 8:00 pm

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. Advance reservations required. Admission is $10 for ages 12+; children ages 12 and under are free; members are free. Additional details to follow.

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Book Talk with Dr. Lee Alan Dugatkin

September 23 @ 5:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Join Dr. Lee Alan Dugatkin as he discusses his book Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose, a story about both natural history and American history. What started out in the Revolutionary War era as an international dispute over natural history quickly took on important political overtones.

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October 2015

Archaeology Behind-the-Scenes Tours

October 3 @ 11:15 am - 3:15 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work on the Archaeology of Mr. Jefferson’s retreat home? Now is your chance to take a behind the scenes look at what our staff Archaeologists are working on. Join Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, and Dr. Eric Proebsting, Senior Research Archaeologist, as they take you on a walking tour of Mr. Jefferson’s landscape revealing what their work has taught them about the layout of the grounds at Poplar Forest. Then…

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Legends of the Land

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Legends of the Land returns to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to shine new light on the lives of the enslaved men and women of Jefferson’s plantation. Join us for guided, lantern-lit evening tours through the plantation grounds—from the site of the slave quarters to the Cobbs-Hutter–era tenant houses and the Poplar Forest kitchen—with stops along the way where you’ll be introduced to the people and customs of the enslaved community at Poplar Forest. Legends of the Land lantern-lit tours are approximately…

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November 2015

7th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

November 21 @ 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.” This November, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation to toast the “Father of Virginia Wine” in the seventh annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival. This year’s festival will feature 15 Virginia wineries, along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment. Mr. Jefferson, as portrayed by Bill Barker, will also make a guest appearance! The Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival is held inside large, heated tents, rain or…

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December 2015

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 4 @ 5:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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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 rare and very popular 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. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made…

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Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 5 @ 5:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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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 rare and very popular 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. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made…

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Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 11 @ 5:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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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 rare and very popular 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. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made…

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