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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Put This On Your American History Bucket List

The drive through fields and woods to the house sets the scene for your visit. The tour starts with... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Alexandria, Virginia
An unexpected letdown

I'm sorry to have to write this, but I feel it's appropriate. We bought two $20 tickets for the... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Roberta J
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Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat and plantation located in Forest, Virginia. It is one of only two homes that Mr. Jefferson designed and built for his own use.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

The drive through fields and woods to the house sets the scene for your visit. The tour starts with an informative film. Then your guide takes you on a tour of all of the rooms in the house. Afterwards, you are on our own to...More

Thank G C
Reviewed 17 December 2017

I'm sorry to have to write this, but I feel it's appropriate. We bought two $20 tickets for the last Candlelight Tour of the 2017 season (12/16, 6:30PM). The staff was very good, quite knowledgeable about the history of Poplar Forest and always helpful and...More

Thank Roberta J
Jeffrey N, Manager at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Roberta: I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit to Poplar Forest. We'll be happy to provide you with a refund and a pair if complementary tickets for another visit to PF. Please call our desk at 434-534-8120. I hope you'll give us...More

Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Thomas Jefferson's Summer home... to get away from the heat of Monticello in the Summer and also to get away from the innumerable houseguest --that wanted to drop in on the Jeffersons uninvited! Poplar Forest's locale was unknown to the public and gave him the...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Great tour/ great guides / out of the way but so worth the trip/ hidden history/ check this out/ well worth the small fee

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

This was an interesting view of life at the start of the country. There was some restoration left to be done, but the restoration that has been done seems to have been done with quite a bit of accuracy. The guide that took us through...More

Thank AL_Pete
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Thomas Jefferson's summer/retirement home. Octagonal shaped house and original grounds. It is always a work in progress with excavations going on and redoing of the grounds. Guided tours available. Nice gift shop and an ever changing schedule of special events and activities for all ages.

Reviewed 9 November 2017

While we didn't have time to tour the home itself, we did stop at the lovely gift shop and buy some unusual gifts and leisurely stroll through the aisles with delight. Having been to Monticello, it was our hope that we would have time to...More

Thank Dineyander
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Wonderful tour of the home interior - guide was terrific (Aaron?). Still undergoing restoration. Hearing about the restoration process was very interesting. Wanted to visit about 10 years ago, but it wasn't open at the time we passed by. Wish we had, as it would...More

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The retirement home of Thomas Jefferson isn’t always easy to.find but well worth the effort. First visit Monticello and if you have time visit Poplar Forest. The two homes go hand in hand although no mention is ever made of Poplar Forest during Monticello tours....More

Thank Thelmadee
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife traveled past this location for years as she was doing business in the area. We were able to take a short vacation recently and she insisted we visit. It was absolutely amazing. It was the highlight of our trip! I would highly recommend...More

Thank Marshall B
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Jane H
19 April 2017|
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Response from USCGRetired | Reviewed this property |
I have an RV too, I would suggest coming in to Poplar Forest the 'back way' through the neighborhood off of Waterlick Road. Mind the overhanging trees though! The main road is pretty narrow. There are two gravel parking... More
6 July 2016|
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Response from bill20 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but Jefferson was meticulous in keeping records...if the wonderful guides at Poplar Forest were not able to assist you, I would check Monticello and online for Jefferson's writings..
Marcia M
19 June 2016|
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Response from 3Eagles | Reviewed this property |
the house tour is about 45 minutes, depending on the guide and how many questions are asked by participants. Also tours are done on specific times so you may have to wait for the next tour. Fortunately, there is a self... More