Day trip: Celebrate Thomas Jefferson's Birthday at Poplar Forest

April 02, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Where: Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg, Va.

When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 14. Poplar Forest is open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, now through November. Guided tours of Jefferson's octagonal house begin at 10 a.m. and run every half-hour, with the last tour at 4 p.m.

What: Celebrate the anniversary of Jefferson's birth (April 13, 1743) at Poplar Forest, the Founding Father's secluded plantation retreat. The event includes cake and a performance by the Jefferson Forest High School Symphonic Band.

But you don't have to wait for a special event to visit Poplar Forest. The house and grounds open this weekend for the 2010 season. In addition to a guided tour of the house, visitors can also explore exhibits in the lower level of the house, the wing of offices, the archaeology lab and the restoration workshop. Admission also includes access to GPS-guided hand-held audio/video units that visitors can use to explore Jefferson's landscape.

How much: Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for active military, $6 for youth 12-18, $2 for youth 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.

What's nearby: Nearby Lynchburg has spectacular historic gardens and will hold Garden Day on April 20. For details, go to

Information: Call 434-525-1806 or go to

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