You’re invited to go inside Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat, the home of his most personal architectural creations and the site of his individual pursuit of happiness.
Step into History
Here, you’ll find award-winning, thought-provoking and meticulous historical restoration, both inside and outside the walls of Jefferson’s house, through archaeological discoveries and research that continues to uncover new knowledge about Thomas Jefferson and the free and enslaved people who formed the community at Poplar Forest.
Jefferson’s design for Poplar Forest is considered by many to be his most perfect and perfectly executed architectural work—indeed, Jefferson’s vision was for his retreat to be “the best dwelling house in the state.”
From historical theater to wine tastings, musical performances to academic lectures, you’ll enjoy a full calendar of special events at Poplar Forest.
A Virtual Visit to Poplar Forest
Explore our rich history online, through talks, tours and more, featuring details on Jefferson’s life and legacy, archeological and architectural renovations, with additional resources for history lovers of all ages.
Poplar Forest welcomes group tours. Groups of ten or more must be scheduled in advance, and groups of twenty or more will receive a discounted admission rate.
Visit our Museum Shop for an array of gifts and souvenirs that offer historic insight into architecture, archaeology, Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved community of Poplar Forest.
Property Rental & Photo Sessions
Poplar Forest offers private rentals of the grounds and after-hours tours of the house, as well as photoshoots on the grounds for an hourly rate.
Poplar Forest Parkway
Poplar Forest’s history goes far beyond the walls of Jefferson’s retreat home.
Visiting Poplar Forest with a student group? Our school tour programs offer active learning for grades 2-12.Learn More