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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!