Poplar Forest, a National Historic Landmark and Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat, will be opening its 2011 season on March 15. Plan a visit to the first octagonal home (believed to be) in America that was designed and built by Jefferson. Tour the home and visit the landscape, both currently being meticulously restored back to Jefferson's design using early 19th century techniques. Learn about architecture, preservation and life in the early 19th century. Ongoing excavation and artifacts from the plantation community that lived and worked at Poplar Forest can be viewed while visiting Poplar Forest. One will discover his vision for his gardens, ornamental plantings and farm at Poplar Forest as it emerges through archaeology.
Poplar Forest is open for visitors from March 15 through December 15 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Group tours can be arranged year round. March 19 marks the first of many events throughout the year. "This Old Tool" Roadshow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, by the Early American Industries Association, will include a tour of the house, a behind-the-scenes restoration workshop, and networking with other tool enthusiasts. For more information on the continuing events, go to http://www.poplarforest.org/events.
Poplar Forest is only 40 minutes from Moneta, Virginia and is a wonderful day trip while visiting and relaxing at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.