Poplar Forest is where Jefferson shaped his thoughts and cultivated the ideas that would influence a new nation. Today, our goal is to shape the long-term future of Poplar Forest, cultivating Jefferson’s vision to be shared and enjoyed more widely than ever before. Through your generosity, we can create a new path to Jefferson, exploring his enduring legacy in new, intriguing and revelatory ways.
Among the initiatives and activities your gift will support at Poplar Forest:
A New Path to Poplar Forest
A new two-lane parkway will offer a striking first impression while also making Poplar Forest both more visible and more accessible.
A New Path to Nature
The new parkway will be augmented with a system of hiking and walking trails, connecting native woodlands, agricultural fields and historic streams.
A New Path to History
Poplar Forest’s authentic approach to restoration will be used in the finishing details of the house’s interior, allowing visitors to experience true Jeffersonian era craftsmanship.
A New Path to Understanding
Newly created cultural and educational offerings not only tell Jefferson’s story and the stories of the enslaved population, but promote awareness, democracy and creative thinking.
A New Path to Independence
Two key funds will build financial capacity: the Poplar Forest Reserve Account will provide capital for day-to-day operations, while the Endowment Fund will solidify the longevity of Poplar Forest.
A New Path to Awareness
An ambitious branding and marketing campaign will be launched to increase awareness of Poplar Forest and ultimately attract more visitors to this memorable destination.
Make a Gift to our Annual Fund
The Annual Fund operates on a yearly basis to help fund the daily, operational needs of preserving Poplar Forest and keeping it open to the public. Plus, your gift can make you eligible for a Poplar Forest membership, offering exclusive member benefits. Learn more about our membership opportunities.
For a list of all the ways you can contribute to Poplar Forest, please visit this page.