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Opening Weekend Day of Fun

March 12 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Book Talks

“Escape from Monticello” by Steven K. Smith at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Join author Steven K. Smith for an introduction to the eighth book in The Virginia Mysteries, his series for young readers. Intrigued by the description of a lost collection and missing treasure described in letters discovered in a mysterious journal, Smith’s protagonists Sam, Derek and Caitlin discover that the letters were written by Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughters and set out to solve the mystery. When the journal is stolen the trio follows clues to Monticello, the University of Virginia and Poplar Forest. Purchase your copy of the book and have it signed by the author.

Historic Candy Talks

12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Thomas Jefferson had a thing for chocolate, so did George and Martha Washington. The soldiers of the Revolution were given chocolate as part of their rations. Early Americans also indulged in sugar sticks, molasses candy and caramels. Join Susan Benjamin, the founder of True Treats Historic Candy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, for a look at the sugary confections enjoyed during the time of the American Revolution while sampling some of their favorite flavors from your very own candy-tasting bag.

Hands on History

Ongoing throughout the day


Enjoy family-friendly activities such as quill pen writing, archaeology demonstrations and games like hoop rolling, cup and ball, mancala and more!


Admission to the Day of Fun including the book talk and candy demos is included with regular admission.


March 12
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road
Forest, VA 24551 United States