Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s well-kept secret—a private sanctuary where he could escape the spotlight and devote his time to his family, friends, farm and books.
This innovative neoclassical plantation in Bedford County has been designated a National Historic Landmark, received the highest award given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a place for visitors to witness the incredible intellect of Thomas Jefferson; to enjoy his passion for wine, art and learning; and to have the unique opportunity to observe an archaeological excavation and historic restoration in progress, as efforts to reveal and restore his vision continue.
Poplar Forest offers tours, special events and school outreach programs.
Open daily March 15 through December 30 (closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 4:05 p.m. Poplar Forest is now also open on winter weekends from January 18 to March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m., with the last tour leaving at 3:05 p.m.
General Admission Rates
Group Tours of 20 mor more are available at a discount year-round, by appointment.