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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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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.

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  • Major Access Routes: Rt. 460
  • Miles from I-81: 45 miles
  • Directions: From Roanoke: Take Route 460 east for approximately 40 miles. At Route 811 turn left at light and proceed for 4.4 miles. At Route 661 turn right and proceed for one mile. Look for Poplar Forest entrance on the right.
Things to Do
  • Admission Rates: $14/adults; $12/seniors; $6/Youth 12-18; $2/Youth 6-11; Free/Under 6
  • Sunday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Holidays Closed: Thanksgiving Day
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  • Handicap Accessible: Yes; ramps to Museum Shop and restrooms; wheelchair lift to house
  • Additional Information: Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's secluded plantation and retreat home, a National Historic Landmark and recently added to the U.S. nomination list to become a World Heritage Site. Undergoing award-winning restoration and archaeology, Poplar Forest is open seven days a week, March 15 through December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Visitors to Poplar Forest each year come from all 50 states and over 30 countries. Call (434) 525-1806 or visit www.poplarforest.org for additional information and to plan your visit.
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  • Sunday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Holidays Closed: Thanksgiving Day
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  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
Tours
  • Bus Parking:
  • Group Rates - Adults: $10.00
  • Group Rates - Seniors: $10.00
  • Group Rates - Students: $7.00 (with i.d.)
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  • Additional Amenities for Group Tours: Poplar Forest offers guided group tours for at groups of at least 20 people. Boxed lunches may be arranged for groups in advance by calling the Museum Shop at (434) 534-8120.
Facility Info
  • Description1 open area room - 50 people

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