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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
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Very enjoyable

We enjoyed this more than se did Monticello, which we visited 2 days earlier. Not near as crowded... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
elrik2016
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Jefferson’s “Other” Home

Had wanted to visit Poplar Forest for years and finally got the chance as we were passing through... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2020
TripFan18
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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

While we didn't have time to tour the home itself, we did stop at the lovely gift shop and buy some unusual gifts and leisurely stroll through the aisles with delight. Having been to Monticello, it was our hope that we would have time to take a tour of Poplar Forest's grounds and home but it wasn't to be. The lovely drive to the home is worth the time in and of itself, and we were glad we stopped and shopped. If you don't have time to take the tour but have a few moments be sure to take a peek at this lovely shop and get a glimpse of history anyway. We'll be back, and when we are we will definitely take the tour.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

Wonderful tour of the home interior - guide was terrific (Aaron?). Still undergoing restoration. Hearing about the restoration process was very interesting. Wanted to visit about 10 years ago, but it wasn't open at the time we passed by. Wish we had, as it would have been interesting to see the progress over the years. Very similar to Monticello in some ways, but yet very different in many. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

The retirement home of Thomas Jefferson isn’t always easy to.find but well worth the effort. First visit Monticello and if you have time visit Poplar Forest. The two homes go hand in hand although no mention is ever made of Poplar Forest during Monticello tours.
Poplar Forest is still in the process of becoming the fully restored retreat of Thomas Jefferson but it’s come a long way since my first visit there nine years ago.
Poplar Forest suffered damage and neglect so more restoration is needed to bring it up to the glory it once was.
If you want to see the inside of the house you need to take a guided tour but the outside can be viewed without paying for a tour.
It's a very relaxing place and the life Thomas Jefferson and his family had there was easier and perhaps less hectic. Our tour guide made it sound like time spent at Poplar Forest was the equivalent of a city dweller going to a summer home.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

My wife traveled past this location for years as she was doing business in the area. We were able to take a short vacation recently and she insisted we visit. It was absolutely amazing. It was the highlight of our trip! I would highly recommend this to anyone in the Lynchburg area.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

I love Poplar Forest because it was Thomas Jefferson's private place. The balance & symmetry of the home is amazing. It seems like such a livable house. Just as beautiful as Monticello but so much more modest.

The guides here are excellent; they have such a love of the property. It was nice visiting after more than a 2 year absence as they continue to do more restoration. Hopefully they can continue as I hope to come again every couple of years to see the progress!

Date of experience: September 2017
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