Poplar Forest’s approach to historical restoration is unique—and one of the reasons it’s a destination of choice for history lovers from around the world. Rather than only focusing on the end result, we’re dedicated to having our craftsmen use the same methods that Jefferson’s craftsmen used, and allowing our visitors to watch as their work progresses. Here’s more about the restoration that your gift today will support:
Fireplace Moldings – Physical evidence around each of the fireplace openings indicates that carpenter Reuben Perry installed “plaster grounds” in 1812. These were boards against which the plaster was laid and on which the finished moldings would be attached. These moldings would separate the plaster on the outer side of the fireplace wall from the parged inner brick edge of the fireplace opening. Poplar Forest craftsmen will make these moldings by hand out of old-growth poplar.
Fireplace Hearthstones – Parts of the original fireplace hearthstones were found during the investigation of the house—a white marble quarried around Lynchburg in the early nineteenth century, and advertised in area newspapers. A state geologist helped identify an active quarry near Appomattox with the same type of white marble that can be cut and finished at Poplar Forest.