The Retreat

If you haven’t visited Poplar Forest, then you haven’t experienced Thomas Jefferson’s most personal, most mature architectural accomplishment.

Hailed as a masterpiece of landscape and architecture, your visit to Poplar Forest will shed new light on Thomas Jefferson’s creativity and curiosity, his enslaved community, and his private world.

Tour Jefferson’s retreat house to learn about its meticulously restored architecture, and what it tells us about daily life for one of the most prominent figures of the 19th century. View artifacts from the free and enslaved people who lived and worked at Poplar Forest. Experience the place that rekindled Jefferson’s creative spirit—and engage with your own.