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We visited Poplar prior to visiting Monticello and what a great idea that was. This home is amazing and the architecture makes so much sense when you see Monticello in conjunction. The home is under a bit of construction but it is great to see...More
We went to Poplar Forest this week, and enjoyed the experience greatly. The tour of Thomas Jefferson’s house was interesting from the video to the tour. Excavation was going on, and they had found the original circular road that had been in front of the...More
This place is great for comparing and contrasting with Monticello, especially in the same trip. The house is still being restored, which offers a great architectural opportunity to see details that are usually hidden behind plaster and molding. When we were there, a team of...More
We live near Monticello and have seen that several times. We thought it might be interesting to see the 'summer home', too. There are aspects of the house and grounds that reminded us of Monticello but also some things that were very different. There is...More
A friend recommended we visit since we were also touring Monticello. Glad we made the extra time in our road trip. It was a great compliment to our trip to Monticello. The retreat is currently being restored and the tour was very informative and nice...More
Not enough time for Monticello? This makes a good alternative (although not a substitute). An opportunity to learn about T. Jefferson, some of his interests and his architectural skills. The house is small in comparison, but that is what he intended. No real space for...More
I had never heard of this until I was researching things to do. It was really interesting and much smaller then Monticello, but I guess this was more like Jefferson's cabin in the woods. The problem is that the woods are no longer, and it...More
The tour was highly informative offering glimpses into Jefferson's personality and character. The house tour was worthwhile and interesting. It is bare bones and in the process of being restored. Be prepared for empty rooms. I'd planned to purchase tickets for a tour of the...More
Poplar Forest was a vacation home of Thomas Jefferson. The house was designed by him and built according to exact specifications he conveyed via letter while president.
The best part about this place are:
1. Tour guides do a great job showing unique architectural aspects...More
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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
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 areas, but no 'designated' RV parking. You might ask the folks inside the visitors center if you can park on the grass next to the parking lot, they're very nice. Good luck and enjoy your visit!
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
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 guided component which you can do all or part of while waiting. Total time for someone who actually reads all of the guide and displays is about 2 hours. I highly recommend tours of Monticello as well. It gives more perspective to Poplar Forest.