Poplar Forest


At Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, guests will find award-winning, thought-provoking and meticulous historical restoration. This second home built by Jefferson served as his personal retreat. Like Monticello, Jefferson created and designed Poplar Forest himself. The site is an ever growing destination.Through archaeological discoveries and research, archeologists continue to uncover new knowledge about Thomas Jefferson and the free and enslaved people who formed the community both inside and outside the walls of of the home.

While Poplar Forest presents a closer look into the personal and quotidian life of Thomas Jefferson, it holds similarities to Monticello. The site is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Hailed as a masterpiece of landscape and architecture, Poplar Forest provides an award-winning rescue, archeological exploration, and restoration of historic material. Visitors gain a better understanding of Thomas Jefferson’s creativity, curiosity, and his enslaved community.

With numerous tours, including a guided tour of the main house, enslaved community tours, and various exhibits. The tour of Jefferson’s retreat house includes meticulously restored architecture and tells guests about the daily life of the third President of the United States. View artifacts from the people who lived and worked at the retreat home. Experience the place that rekindled Jefferson’s creative spirit and functioned as a counterpart to his famous Monticello.

Ticket Prices

Adults: $16

Seniors (65+): $14

Military (with I.D.): $14

College Students: $8

Teen (12-18): $8

Youth (6-11): $4

Under 6: FREE

D-Day Combo Ticket: $19

Includes admission and tour at both Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial

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General visitor parking and handicapped parking (handicapped license plate or tag required) is available adjacent to the Museum Shop.

Location & Hours

1542 Bateman Bridge Rd

Forest, VA 24551

Poplar Forest is open daily from mid-March through December 30 (closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4:05 p.m.). Poplar Forest is also open for self-guided tours on weekends from mid-January through mid-March, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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