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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

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Address: 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
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Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat and plantation located...

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.

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Thomas Jefferson's second home

Many travelers have visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the magnificent plantation house outside Charlottesville, Virginia. But how many have visited Jefferson's second home... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Many travelers have visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the magnificent plantation house outside Charlottesville, Virginia. But how many have visited Jefferson's second home, his remote retreat, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg? The first thing that crosses your mind when you see Poplar Forest is that it is a smaller version of Monticello. Located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road near what is now... More 

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Round Hill, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We took the scenic road, 811 taking a wooden bridge over the railroad track, to get to the main entrance of Poplar Forest. This bridge cannot handle very heavy and large vehicles, so be aware! The dirt road to the mansion is very scenic. We had a wonderful tour guide, who first lectured us in a special room about the... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Visit Poplar Forest and see the man as well as the president. See how he really lived. I'm privileged to live next door. I count it an honor.

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madison wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

we recently visited the 2nd home or retreat of Thomas Jefferson known as Poplar Forest. Their is a tour guide who introduces you to the history of the property and takes you on a historic journey into what might have been like in the home many yrs ago. It is slowly being restored to its original sight. A much smaller... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is a wonderful and little known place to visit. A mini Monticello. Many of Thomas Jefferson's inventions are on display and during the visit the guides do a great job of explaining why he built the house and how they lived during that era

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Sanford, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

To be honest, I had never heard of this site before planning a trip to the area. It is easy to drive too once you are in the Forest area. The admission is $15 for adults, but you can purchase a combo ticket for $17 dollars that will get you also into the D-Day Memorial (normally $10 for adults) in... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This turned out to be a very informative visit to Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Our docent was very good, explaining what we could and couldn't see in the house. The restoration process is painstakingly slow, but no detail is overlooked as the ongoing research is methodical. Mr Jefferson's talents were displayed here on a lesser level than Monticello, but this... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were staying at a local B&B for the weekend and decided to visit Polar Forest. I had wanted to visit after learning about it during a visit to Monticello. Our GPS was a little confusing because we were routed through a neighborhood! It turns out that we were routed to the 'back door' of the property! There was plenty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Had a great time with Dick Byrn, he showed us around Thomas Jefferson's "vacation house" got to see lot of history including the main house, the kitchen, and all the architecture that went along with it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The inside of the home is not what one would expect with a historic house. There is none of the elegance like one sees @ Monticello...that is because that are restoring this home & are giving guest the opportunity to view that process. I really enjoyed seeing the house in this stage!

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