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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat just outside Lynchburg, Virginia, will host a holiday open house on Sunday, December 15, 2013 between 10:00  am until 4:00 pm.

Visitors to this octagonal house will see the house as it might have been decorated for Jefferson’s holiday guests.  Evergreen, holly and mountain laurel garlands will grace the railings and banisters, mantels and picture frames.  Rosemary and lavender will scent the rooms.  The natural materials used as the decorations are all found on the grounds, just as they would have been in Jefferson’s day.  The boxwoods shown in the above photo were removed about 3 months ago so that the front of the property can be restored to the way it looked in Jefferson’s time.

In addition to touring the home there will be early 19th century dance presentations by the Regency of Virginia, traditional candle-making demonstrations and the preparation of traditional recipes on an open kitchen hearth.

Admission to the open house is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for Lynchburg’s Daily Bread of the Bedford Humane Society.  A special discount, 20%, will be offered on items sold in the gift shop throughout the month of December.

Here’s a fact that many people don’t know:  The Watts family built what is now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Descendants of R. T. Watts were the last private owners of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  If you are traveling to the area to see Poplar Forest and need a place to stay you can make reservations at their original home, now a bed and breakfast.