Experience what it is like to be there at the beginning. Witness an undiscovered gem as it emerges. New insight into Thomas Jefferson is coming to light as archaeologists uncover the unknown story of his personal retreat and his most personal architecture is unfolding through step-by-step restoration. This is a unique time to experience Thomas Jefferson’s retreat.
A visit to Poplar Forest will deepen your understanding of Thomas Jefferson. It is at this getaway that he focused on his personal pursuit of happiness—and created a distinctly personal place.
Witness meticulous historic restoration in progress at the house Jefferson considered his best design for the life of a private citizen. Tour the house to learn about architecture, preservation and life in the early 19th century. See ongoing excavation and view artifacts from the plantation community that lived and worked at Poplar Forest. Discover Jefferson’s vision for his gardens, ornamental plantings and farm at Poplar Forest as it emerges through archaeology. Enjoy special events each year, including musical performances, historical theater, and lectures.
We invite you to explore the house and grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat. Each year, visitors come to Poplar Forest to see the newest discoveries and latest restored features… as well as to sense Jefferson’s presence in the house and feel an emotional connection to the man, his ideas, his boundless energy, and his ingenuity.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is open daily March 15 through December 30 (closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 4:05 p.m.
House Tour Admission
(includes guided house tour and self-guided grounds exhibits)
Seniors (age 65+) $13.00
Active Military (Must show I.D) $13.00
College Students (Must show I.D.) $7.00
Youth 12–18 $7.00
Youth 6–11 $3.00
Under 6 free
Tickets for all tours are available for purchase in the Museum Shop, or online here.
As part of the Blue Star Museums program, all active-duty military and family are free from Memorial Day through Labor Day (up to 5 people, spouses and children only).
Guided tours of the house are offered daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (March 15 through December 30), and on winter weekends from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. (January 18 to March 9), and last approximately 50 minutes. In addition to the guided tour, visitors may walk the grounds guided by brochures that describe the landscape and plantation community. Please allow approximately 2 hours to experience Poplar Forest.
Handicapped access, via a lift, is now available to the upper level of the house. The lift must be operated by a Poplar Forest staff member. Please inquire at the Museum Shop if you need assistance.
Examine exhibits at the restoration workshop, archaeology laboratory, slave quarter site and in the lower level of the house. You can also visit the Wing of Offices and see the reconstructed kitchen, smokehouse and laundry.
Winter Weekends at Poplar Forest
Poplar Forest will be closed to the public from December 31 through January 15. The plantation will reopen for Winter Reflections at Home with Mr. Jefferson beginning on Saturday, January 16 and continue through Sunday, March 13. Winter weekend hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, with the last tour of the day leaving at 3:00 p.m.
Tours for groups of 20 or more are available year-round by appointment, at a discounted rate. Please contact Gena Morris at 434.534.8110 to schedule a group tour. To book a K–12 school field trip, contact Kathy Kramer at 434.525.0519 or click here.
Map & Directions
Take US 460 or US 221 (avoid business routes) to Rt. 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road). Turn onto Rt. 661 (Bateman Bridge Road) to main entrance. Campers and buses enter via Foxhall Drive.
Google Maps, Mapquest and GPS use 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551.
There is no public transportation to Poplar Forest. Amtrak runs daily to Lynchburg, approximately 15 minutes from Poplar Forest.
General visitor parking and handicapped parking (handicapped license plate or tag required) is available adjacent to the Museum Shop. Visitors are advised to lock their vehicles – Poplar Forest is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred in the parking area. Permission is required for overnight parking.
Please contact us for additional information.