About Us

The mission of Jefferson's Poplar Forest is to preserve Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation, to inspire exploration of his enduring legacy, and to tell the stories of the free and enslaved people who lived and worked at Poplar Forest.

One of only two homes Thomas Jefferson designed for his personal use, the Poplar Forest retreat was the place where Jefferson “came to indulge in the life of the mind and renew his personal creativity.” Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited the Bedford County plantation known as Poplar Forest from her father in 1773. When his presidency ended in 1809, Jefferson visited the retreat three or four times a year, often staying for several months at a time during planting seasons.

Designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior, and nearly lost to development, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains was rescued in 1984 by a group of local citizens who sought to preserve it for the cultural and educational benefit of the public. Poplar Forest was opened to the public for the first time in 1986, in its “before restoration” state. Today, the neoclassical architecture of the octagonal house has been returned to Mr. Jefferson’s design. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized the meticulous research and restoration efforts with its highest award, and the plantation has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to Poplar Forest offers a unique opportunity to observe a “live” archaeological dig and historic restoration in progress, as efforts to reveal and restore Thomas Jefferson’s vision for his personal retreat continue.

Admission Rates

Description Price
Adult Ticket 18.00
Senior Ticket (ages 65+) 16.00
Military Ticket (must show military ID) 16.00
College Student Ticket (must show college ID) 10.00
Teen Ticket (ages 12-18) 10.00
Youth Ticket (ages 6-11) 6.00
Child Ticket (under 5) 0.00
D-Day Combo Ticket (provides admission to Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA) 20.00

Calendar of Events

Poplar Forest offers a wide array of public events throughout the year from specialty tours to theatrical performances to first-person interpretation. We hope you are able to join us at an upcoming event in the future!

Poplar Forest Museum Shop

The Museum Shop at Poplar Forest specializes in locally-made, unique merchandise. Most items on the online shop are Poplar Forest exclusives, meaning you can't find them anywhere else! All purchases at the Museum Shop support the ongoing restoration and preservation of Poplar Forest. Questions about the Museum Shop can be emailed to Karen Warren, Museum Shop Manager at karenw@poplarforest.org.