Poplar Forest is where Jefferson shaped his thoughts and cultivated the ideas that would influence a new nation. Today, our goal is to shape the long-term future of Poplar Forest, cultivating Jefferson’s vision to be shared and enjoyed more widely than ever before. Through your generosity, we can create a new path to Jefferson, exploring his enduring legacy in new, intriguing and revelatory ways.
Your support makes a difference. No matter the size of your gift, you’ll be a part of making the Poplar Forest experience blossom and grow for years to come. Take a moment to make your donation or learn more about the initiatives and activities your gift will support below.
A New Path to History
Our authentic approach to restoration will be used in the finishing details of the house’s interior, allowing visitors to experience true Jeffersonian era craftsmanship.
A New Path to Understanding
Student Field Trips
Newly-created cultural and educational offerings not only tell Jefferson’s story and the stories of the enslaved population, but promote awareness, democracy and creative thinking.
A New Path to Poplar Forest
A new two-lane parkway will offer a striking first impression while also making Poplar Forest both more visible and more accessible.
A New Path to Nature
The new parkway will be augmented with a system of hiking and walking trails, connecting native woodlands, agricultural fields and historic streams.
“I have an excellent house…
where I am comfortably fixed and attended...
and pass my time there in
tranquility and retirement..."
Capital Campaign Donor Benefits
Your gift, no matter the size, directly helps Poplar Forest reach its goal of creating “A New Path to Jefferson.” All donors who give $50-99 will become “Portico Level” members of Poplar Forest and receive two tickets to the opening celebration for Poplar Forest’s new parkway, along with the following benefits:
- Name and contribution listed on the Poplar Forest giving page
- Membership card good for unlimited admission for 2 adults and dependent children (excluding special events)
- A subscription to “Notes on the State of Poplar Forest,” Poplar Forest’s semi-annual newsletter
- Monthly e-newsletter, which will include insider updates, as archaeologists uncover the new paths to Jefferson
- 10% Museum Shop discount
Donors with gifts of $100–249 will become “Poplar Level” members and will receive the above bulleted benefits. At this level, your two tickets to the parkway opening also include access to an exclusive donor reception.
Donors with gifts of $250 or more will become “Jefferson Level” members and will receive the above bulleted benefits. At this level, you will receive four VIP tickets to the parkway opening, featuring a sneak preview of the new road, audiences with special guests and a gourmet reception.