All activities below are included with the price of admission. Please allow approximately 2 hours to experience Poplar Forest.
A guided tour is the only way to see the main level of Jefferson’s retreat home. Guided tours of the upper level of the octagonal house are offered seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from March 15 through December 30, with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Guided tours between January 21- March 12 (open weekends only) are offered from 10 a.m. to 3. p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. All tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Visitors may explore the first computer model of Jefferson’s ornamental landscape within the circular road on a touch-screen kiosk in the lower level exhibit hall. These animations are the first step in a multi-phase project to produce an interactive way to experience Jefferson’s landscape before it is fully restored.
Guided by archaeological and documentary evidence, the videos depict the core of Jefferson’s retreat as it may have looked around 1815.
Exhibits that explore archaeology, restoration and the history of Poplar Forest are available at the restoration workshop, archaeology laboratory, slave quarter site and in the lower level of the house. Visitors may also view a 15-minute film on the restoration work and archaeological excavations in the lower level of the house.