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“Outstanding experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
434-534-8120
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Forest
Type: Architectural Buildings, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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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“Outstanding experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

I see some previous reviews with ppl complaining about the (now) $15 entry fee. Come on people!! This is a private foundation restoring an important part of our heritage. They are doing a brilliant job leaving parts not restored so you can see building techniques of the age and innovations that TJ introduced. Our Docent is obviously committed to the property and brought excellent insights and information. Everyone was friendly and did an excellent job. We stopped here on our way to Monticello, and it provided incredible insights and background that enhanced our Monticello visit.

Visited April 2014
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Bedford, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Poplar Forest home of Thomas Jefferson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you have not been to Poplar Forest you are missing a neat place in history. The grounds are beautiful and so much history. If you come on 4th of July you get to see up close and personal the way things were done in Jefferson's time. You set on the hill and look around and you can almost see the workers, and Thomas Jefferson conversing with them about the crops. A very peaceful place to just go and walk around and tour the home.

Visited July 2013
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Beautiful House from the outside still under re-construction stage”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

It was a breath-taking drive through the Poplar Forest. I had my hopes up thinking that the house would be similar to Jefferson's Monticello which I had recently researched so it was a bit of let down when we walked in the door to find that it wasn't finished. The tour guides did their best to tell us what the knew about Jefferson and the house. As one who is very interested in historical architecure I found the lay out of the house very unique from the shapes to the French influences found in the bed rooms and the cooking quarters but I was a bit shocked at the way some of the arches are being "re-constucted" had they researched arches they would have found that the wooden peices they've put in to support the arches are unneeded and take away from the beauty of the house. Over all it was a nice experience but I would have definantly visited Monticello had I know that it wasn't completed.

Visited March 2014
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southeastern US
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“For Architecture and History Buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

If architecture and history intrigue you, then an hour or two at Poplar Forest will be well worth your time. It's similar to Monticello, but smaller and less formal. It's also a lot more de-constructed since it is still being restored. I really appreciated the opportunity to see building techniques used by slaves who were true artisans. Poplar Forest is a tribute to them and to an aging Thomas Jefferson, who remained an active amateur architect until his death.

Visited January 2014
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Thompsons Station
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“Nice piece of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Made a afternoon visit, tour by guide, then self walking tour. Guide Dean did a good job. Nice to see the history and building techniques used so many years ago.

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