Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
This historic octagonal home and beautiful plantation was built by President Thomas Jefferson as his personal retreat. It was a place he could escape with his family and find solitude and inspiration. When speaking of Poplar Forest and Bedford County, Jefferson said, “In point of soil, climate…and good neighborhood, I think it the finest part of Virginia.” Poplar Forest now offers a unique experience, allowing visitors to see the restoration of the home’s interior and wings as well as archaeology in progress. Poplar Forest is open to the public seven days a week, mid-March – December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and on winter weekends, mid-January to mid-March. Hands-on activities available in the summer. Special events throughout the season, including Independence Day.