Mr. Jefferson’s private retreat needs a new coat. A coat of paint, that is…. Sun, rain, wind, and snow have degraded all painted surfaces and they need a fresh coat. Paint is very important aesthetically. It unifies the architectural elements and serves a practical role. Well-applied coats of paint protect the underlying surfaces. Left exposed, wood deteriorates quickly and significant damage to the façade and structure of the building could occur. Painting is necessary maintenance and, similar to sacrificial armor, must be periodically refurbished. In preparation for new paint the crew is busy scraping away old paint and applying primer. The crown of architectural elements at Poplar Forest will soon shine again with a new coat. Of paint, that is….