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Architectural Restoration Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Villa at Poplar Forest

Explore the architectural design, history and award-winning restoration of Thomas Jefferson's villa.
Calendar   Bedford Artisan Trail
Location Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551
Date Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Cost In full description
Additional Info Link http://www.poplarforest.org
Event Contact Email mary@poplarforest.org

Architectural Restoration Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Villa at Poplar Forest
Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Friday, May 18 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Jefferson’s retreat home on this hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration. Discover how the restoration architects and architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state…”

Poplar Forest is considered Jefferson’s most mature architectural masterpiece. Here, Jefferson fused elements from ancient Roman, Renaissance, Palladian and 18th-century French architecture, as well as British and Virginia design, into a harmonious whole. The 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio greatly influenced Jefferson’s plans for the revival of ancient Roman architectural principles and the integration of landscape design into his architectural plan. Designed and built by Jefferson as his private retreat, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is today viewed as one of his most extraordinary achievements.

Tickets for the Architectural Restoration Behind-the-Scenes Talk and Tour are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission also includes a guided house tour and self-guided exploration of exhibits in the lower level of the house, the Wing of Offices, the ornamental grounds and slave quarter site. Weekend visitors can add the Enslaved Community tour (when available) to their itinerary at no extra cost. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit poplarforest.org or call the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

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