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June 2016

Virginia Shakespeare Initiative: “Othello”

June 3 - June 11
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

June 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.* Enjoy an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars, as you and your friends gather for a performance of Othello on Jefferson’s south lawn. 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 picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse.          …

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Father’s Day

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States

This Father’s Day, treat your dad to a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation grounds. Thomas Jefferson’s grandchildren were his most frequent guests at Poplar Forest where they often spent time reading and studying the natural landscape together. Enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape that once inspired Jefferson’s creativity; take a guided tour of his most personal architectural design; view special exhibits featuring recent archaeological finds on the plantation; and learn more about the restoration in process.…

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July 2016

1776, The Concert Musical

July 1 - July 2
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Theatre al fresco returns to Poplar Forest for an evening with the our special presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Revel in the spirit of the Revolutionary era with Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson); become acquainted with their personal foibles; and celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country’s history. The performance will be held on two nights at…

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Independence Day Celebration

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than at Thomas Jefferson’s second home. Enjoy music, dancing, food vendors, historical entertainment, games, storytelling and much more! Activities to include: Period Musicians (Mark Campbell, Pete Vigour, The McKenzies) Horn and Pouch Makers Spinner Cardinal Lace Guild Basket Weaver Brick Making African American Folk Tales Common Stock Entertainments Signora Bella Colonial Militia Recruiting Pony Rides Quill Pen Writing Restoration Carpentry Demonstrations Archaeology Displays and Activities Signing the Declaration A Reading of the Declaration…

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$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. Tours are available Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. each night. Visitors…

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August 2016

Virginia Shakespeare Initiative: “An Evening of Shakespeare”

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 anticipation of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 2016. Bring a 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…

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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 to open June 1. 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…

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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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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 the plantation grounds to see and hear firsthand what their work has taught them about Jefferson’s original landscape. Tours will conclude with a visit to the Poplar Forest Archaeology Lab, where visitors can view some of the artifacts discovered on the property. There will be four tours available: —11:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m. —1:00 p.m. —2:00…

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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.” This November, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation to toast the “Father of Virginia Wine” in the eighth annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival. The festival will feature 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…

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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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