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Opening Weekend Day of Fun-RESCHEDULED

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

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Due to pending inclement weather, this event is rescheudled for March 26th, 2022.

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.

Enter a raffle for your chance to win the complete book set of Steven Smith’s The Virginia Mysteries Series. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop the day of the event. All proceeds raised from the raffle will help support the ongoing restoration and educational programming at Poplar Forest.

Historic Candy Talks

12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Historic Candy Talk for 12:00pm and 2:00pm is sold out!


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 while supplies last.

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. Reservations are recommended for both the book and candy talks as space is limited. Please use the registration form below if you plan on attending a talk.


Registration is now closed. Thanks for your interest!


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