If you're a Jeferson Geek like me, you can't miss his Poplar Forest "hideout" used when he needed to escape the minions seeking his attention.
The location is every bit as beautiful as Monticello (He sure knew how to pick'em) and the house is as intimate as Monticello is formal. It's an octagon, of course, as are the privies; perfectly proportioned inside and out with a surprising 20ft cubical dining room in the center. The interior is still heavily involved with restoration and without much furniture but I enjoyed seeing the innards of period construction. The basement houses an extensive exhbit of the restoration and archaeology. Admission is charged for the tour of the living level of the house. No charge for the basement exhibit, grounds/garden and "office" wing (kitchen, laundry, etc.)
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA
About 80mi (1.5hr) from Montecello near Lynchburg, VA. NOTE: Poplar Forest is not a quick jump from the interstate (I81) but, because of this, it's not crowded. It can be tricky to find without a GPS, however. Also some routes to/from will take you via VERY windy roads over the Blue Ridge (which can be fun....for about 10 min). Of course, if you're coming/going from the Blue ridge Parkway, you like windy roads :-). Don't be confused by the entrance to the Poplar Forest Golf Course which is part of the estate on the same road about 1/4 mile from the (long) driveway to the house (wonder what Jefferson's handicap was). Anyhow, it's well worth the trip.
Happy travels !
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