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January 2017

Winter Weekend Reflections: At Home with Mr. Jefferson

January 21 - March 12
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Saturdays and Sundays, January 21 through Sunday, March 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last admittance at 3:00 p.m.) Spend winter weekends relaxing and reflecting at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat. Read a book in the campeche chair in the parlor overlooking the south lawn as Jefferson once did; enjoy complimentary coffee or hot chocolate in the restored kitchen; or just explore the house and grounds at your own pace. NEW THIS YEAR:  Learn about the families––from the Jeffersons to the Dr.…

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March 2017
$25.00

Barrels, Bottles, and Casks Tour

March 24 - March 25
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Poplar Forest’s popular Barrels, Bottles and Casks tasting tours return with a focus on the beverages and spirits consumed during the cool spring months in Jefferson’s time at Poplar Forest. Guided tours begin in Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen and progress through the octagonal house with stops to sample different beverages and share insights into the types of foods consumed by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of Poplar Forest. Enjoy a cellar-side beverage tasting and light seasonal snacks. A special exhibition of kitchen and dining artifacts…

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Mr. Jefferson’s Salon Series—Fake News: Now and in Jefferson’s Time

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Explore the challenges of and for a free press in Jefferson’s time with historical analogues to the “fake news” currents of today. Join award-winning author, lawyer and historian Dr. John Ragosta (moderator), Newseum President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Herbst and The News & Advance Managing Editor Caroline Glickman for a lively discussion about the often-contentious relationship between America’s government and press. A reception of wine and light appetizers to follow. Reservations are suggested due to limited space inside the house and can be…

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April 2017

Naturalization Ceremony

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Join Poplar Forest, the Blue Ridge Chapter and the Poplar Forest Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) to witness a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s 274th birthday. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest, free for Poplar Forest members.

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Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Join Poplar Forest for an afternoon dedicated to the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of one of Mr. Jefferson’s favorite beverages at the fourth annual Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting. Discover new brews from more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries and cideries. Pair your pints with local food, shop for works by local artisans and vendors, and enjoy performances by local musicians on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. New in 2017: Experience VIP hospitality during the tasting festival.…

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$14.00 - $37.00

Conversations with Thomas Jefferson

April 22
Poplar Forest,
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551-0419 United States
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Join Poplar Forest for a reception and rare conversation between Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Bill Barker, and Eliza Hamilton, as portrayed by Michelle Smith. The wife of Jefferson’s rival Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Hamilton hosted a dinner for Jefferson upon his return from Paris in 1790. 2:15 p.m. matinee performance preceded by a dessert reception at 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. evening performance preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the matinee reception and performance: $32 adults (over…

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Lynchburg Garden Day

April 25

Plan to include a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in your Lynchburg Garden Day itinerary. An avid gardener and accomplished landscape designer, Mr. 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 Poplar Forest is working to restore the grounds to his original vision—an official project of the Garden…

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