The Retreat

Admission

Poplar Forest is open daily from March 15 through December 30 for docent-guided or self-guided tours. All visitors must maintain social distancing protocols and wear masks while on tours and in public buildings.

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Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We currently offer docent-guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with capacity strictly limited to a maximum of 9 people per tour. We encourage you to purchase docent-guided tour tickets in advance (online or over the phone) to ensure a spot on the tour. All visitors must maintain social distancing protocols and wear masks while on tours and in public buildings. Before visiting, please click here to read our temporary visitor guidelines for health and safety.

Ticket Types and Pricing

Adults

$18

Seniors (Age 65+),
Military (with ID)

$16

Teen (12–18),
College Students (with ID)

$10

Youth (6–11)

$6

Admission to Poplar Forest includes a guided house tour—by app or docent—and self-guided exploration of exhibits in the lower level of the house, the Wing of Offices, the ornamental grounds, the 1857 Slave Dwelling and the slave quarter site. Enslaved Community Talks, which provide additional insight into the world and life of the enslaved residents, are offered at no extra cost when a docent is available.

Docent-guided tour tickets may be purchased online or on-site in the Poplar Forest Museum Shop. We strongly encourage you to purchase docent-guided tour tickets in advance. Self-guided tour tickets are currently only available for purchase on-site in the Poplar Forest Museum Shop.

NEW IN 2021—SELF-GUIDED TOUR OPTION

Download the new Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest app before your visit to take a guided tour of the president’s retreat at your own pace. The app is available on both the Apple app store and Google Play store, and features an audio tour of the main level of the octagonal villa that can be listened to with headphones or read.

Visitors opting to listen to the app tour are required to use headphones and encouraged to bring their own. Wired headphones for phones with headphone jacks can be purchased in the Museum Shop if needed. Self-guided tour tickets are only available for purchase on-site in the Poplar Forest Museum Shop. Regular admission rates apply.

D-DAY COMBO TICKET

Interested in visiting Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial? Try the $20 combo ticket—a 33% discount over the regular admission price—that includes admission and tour at both Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial. Call the Poplar Forest Museum Shop for details at 434.534.8120. (Note: D-Day Combo Ticket is not valid for group admissions which must be set up with Elise Paisant at elise@poplarforest.org or 434.534.8110).

PRIVATE TOURS

Private tours for groups of any size are available for $25 per person by scheduling at least 24 hours in advance. If you would like to schedule a private tour, please call Mary Massie at 434.534.8108 or email mary@poplarforest.org.

Explore the tours and exhibits available at Thomas Jefferson's retreat house.

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