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From the archives: Poplar Forest

From the archives: Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest was the personal retreat of the United States' third president. Located at 1542 Bateman Bridge Road in Forest, it receives about 25,000 to 30,000 visitors per year who come to tour the octagonal house and its grounds, learn more about the life and work of one of the nation’s Founding Fathers and participate in a variety of special events, from 5K runs to naturalization ceremonies to Fourth of July celebrations.

"By continuing to uncover more details of Jefferson’s life, the lives of the enslaved people who labored for him, and the land where they lived, we help the public gain a greater understanding of our country’s past and future," the Corporation for Poplar Forest says on its website. Ongoing projects today include planning a new two-lane "Poplar Forest Parkway" to make the property more accessible.

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