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Candlelight Tour

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Thomas Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located just west of Lynchburg, Virginia in Forest is hosting Candlelight Tours during the month of December.  The architectural masterpiece has been meticulously restored to reflect daily life in the mid-19th century.  During December you will have an opportunity to see this wonderful house bathed in candlelight and decorated for the holidays.  The tour offers you an intimate look at what Thomas Jefferson’s and his family’s evenings might have looked like.  Docents will entertain tour guests with anecdotes gathered from Jefferson’s diaries and letters.

The tour schedule is as follows:

  • Friday & Saturday, December 15 and 16 at 5:30 and 6:30 pm

Reservations are required.  Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

Poplar Forest is open 10:00-5:00 most of the year for guided tours.  Self-guided tours are arranged on weekends from mid-January until mid-March between the hours of 10:00-4:00.

Poplar Forest is located at 1542 Bateman Ridge Road, Forest, VA 24551.  They can be reached at 434.525.1806.  Their website is www.poplarforest.org.

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located about 20 minutes from Poplar Forest.  The last private owners of Poplar Forest are direct descendants of RT Watts, the gentleman who built our home and bed and breakfast.  Mike and I will look for you on a tour.  Or better yet come stay with us and enjoy two Watts houses!

A Gilded Christmas of Olde at Avenel

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Avenel

The second annual Gilded Christmas will again be held at historic Avenel, in the heart of the city of Bedford, Virginia, Saturday, December 9, 2017 between 6:00-8:30 pm .  This centerpiece of social, cultural and political life in Bedford, for over 150 years, is typically open by appointment only.

The stately mansion was constructed in 1838 by William M. Burwell and his wife, Frances Steptoe Burwell.  The Burwell family occupied the mansion until 1906, when it was purchased by J.W. Ballard.  The mansion remained in the Ballard family until 1985 when it was purchased by the Avenel Foundation.  The Avenal Foundation was formed to rescue, restore, preserve and protect this unique landmark.

During the Gilded Christmas event guests will step back in time and enjoy beautiful Avenel decorated for the holidays, as in the mid-1800’s.  Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres from the past and present, cocktails, entertainment and music.  Tickets are $40.00 per person.  They are available at the Bedford Welcome Center or online at www.lynchburgtickets.com.

For more information vist their website www.historicavenel.com