Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Year Founded
1983
EIN
54-1258296
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Alyson Ramsey
Primary Contact Name
Mary Massie
Main Address

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
1776 Poplar Forest Parkway
Lynchburg, VA 24502
United States

GPS Address
1776 Poplar Forest Parkway
Lynchburg, VA 24502
United States

What We Do

Step inside Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat, his most personal architectural creation and the place where he came to rekindle his creativity and fulfill his individual pursuit of happiness. Explore the meticulous, state-of-the-art restoration of Jefferson's octagonal retreat and surrounding landscape, learn about archaeological discoveries and ongoing research as we uncover new knowledge about Thomas Jefferson and the free and enslaved people who formed the community at Poplar Forest.

The mission of Jefferson's Poplar Forest is to preserve, inspire and tell the emerging story of Poplar Forest. We envision a restored Poplar Forest that ignites curiosity, understanding, and engagement. Poplar Forest is open to the public seven days a week December 1 through February 28 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and March 1-November 30 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. We are closed Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the first two weeks of January. 

Interesting Info
  • Poplar Forest is one of only two homes Thomas Jefferson designed for his personal use.
  • Poplar Forest is designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior.
  • Poplar Forest welcomes 27,000 visitors annually from throughout Virginia, the United States and around the globe.
Geographic Location

Forest

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Shop Docent
Repeats daily, 10am - 1pm until Monday, December 30th, 2024
Daily, 1pm - 4pm until Monday, December 30th, 2024
Duration of 3 hours

Tour Docent
Repeats daily, 10:30am - 1pm until Monday, December 30th, 2024
Daily, 1pm - 3:30pm until Monday, December 30th, 2024
Duration of 2 hours 30 minutes

Hands on History Docent
Repeats daily until Monday, December 30th, 2024
Anytime

Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Run
Anytime

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival Volunteers
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Duration of 6 hours 30 minutes

Events

FACE THE FOREST 5K OBSTACLE COURSE RUN
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Duration of 5 hours 30 minutes
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ROOTS AND RECONNECTION: CELEBRATING OUR STORY
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Duration of 5 hours
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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
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Duration of 2 hours
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ARCHAEOLOGY BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS
Repeats daily, 11am - 3:30pm for 2 times
Duration of 4 hours 30 minutes
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FALL HARVEST DINNER
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Duration of 3 hours
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