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 craft beer and wine tastings, musical performances to academic lectures, you’ll enjoy a full calendar of special events at Poplar Forest.
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.
New Paths to Jefferson
A new two-lane entrance parkway will soon make Poplar Forest more visible and accessible to visitors, while a system of hiking and walking trails connects the native woodlands, agricultural fields, streams and historic sites.