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Thomas Jefferson and Poplar Forest
By John T. Marck
Poplar Forest is a plantation and plantation house
in Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, located at 1542 Bateman Bridge
Road. Thomas Jefferson designed the
plantation and used the property as a private retreat and a
revenue-generating plantation. Jefferson inherited the property in
1773 and began designing and working on the plantation in 1806.
While Jefferson is the most famous individual associated with the
property, it had several owners before being purchased for
restoration, preservation, and exhibition in 1984.
Poplar Forest was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1971
and is presently operated as a historic house museum by the
nonprofit Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest. The corporation
is also responsible for the ongoing archaeological study and
restoration work at the property.
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