History’s Depths are Limitless
At Poplar Forest, we see history in the present tense—as a boundless exploration of both our nation’s promise and our ability to combat problems, extending from Jefferson’s time directly to life today. By continuing to uncover more details of Jefferson’s life, the lives of the enslaved people who labored for him, and the land where they lived, we help the public gain a greater understanding of our country’s past and future.
We believe Mr. Jefferson would be proud of our efforts to share the extraordinary story of Poplar Forest with more and more people, more and more deeply, every year.
Thomas Jefferson’s Life & Times
Poplar Forest was crucial to Jefferson’s life: a private retreat and plantation, situated far from the public scrutiny, where he could indulge in his favorite pastimes of reading, studying and thinking.
Poplar Forest’s meticulous approach to historical restoration is both award winning and unique—and one of the reasons it’s a destination of choice for both history lovers and architecture enthusiasts from around the world.
Archaeology & Landscape Restoration
Archaeologists uncover and analyze clues about the life and times of Jefferson, the plantation's original landscape design, and the lives of the members of the enslaved community that kept the plantation running.
Educational Programs & Resources
Delve into our collection of educational programs for history lovers of all ages, along with additional resources for students and teachers. Our programs and resources meet the SOL expectations in history and social studies, English, math and science.