Genan Foundation Challenge Grant

Help us meet the challenge by December 15, 2019!


raised of $200,000.00 goal

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest has received a new one-to-one challenge grant from the Genan Foundation in Charlottesville on behalf of the late Mrs. Anne R. Worrell. The funds raised from the challenge grant will help support the construction of the planned new entrance road into the historic site, the Poplar Forest Parkway. We must raise the total amount by December 15, 2019, in order to receive the grant.

The new access road will make Poplar Forest more easily accessible to visitors. The parkway will also be designed as an interpretive experience as it traverses fields, streams and old-growth Virginia forest across the plantation to the core of the retreat. The parkway and an accompanying trail system will open over 600 acres of agricultural and natural landscapes to visitors for the first time. New information—gleaned from extensive archaeological exploration of the plantation—of cultural, natural and historic significance will be included in wayside signage.

Mrs. Worrell and her late husband, Gene, helped found the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in 1983 to rescue, restore, preserve and share Mr. Jefferson’s retreat home. They were among the group of individuals who gathered at a candlelit meeting in the villa on a cold December evening and formed the nonprofit.

Please consider making a first gift toward this transformative project and help us secure these critical funds. For more information, please contact Alyson Ramsey at 434.534.8128.

Recent Donors

  • October 1 2019


    Robert and Christine McDonald

  • September 30 2019


    Sharlene Tenaglia

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