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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Check out the film below documenting our recent trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest!

Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s plantation, final major architectural project, and retreat home. The property fell into disrepair after his death but has since been preserved and restored. The 106 Group has recently begun Schematic Design for exhibits along the new entry parkway and in the lower levels of the house. This follows our previous work developing a Master Interpretive Plan (MIP) to guide Poplar Forest’s evolution from a historic preservation and rescue project to an audience-focused site. This year-long project included extensive stakeholder engagement and independent audience research.

The completed Master Interpretive Plan defines a comprehensive visitor experience that deeply integrates the Jefferson family stories with those of the enslaved craftsmen that built the house, household staff, and long-term plantation workers. The project was recently named as the 2015 Public Outreach and Engagement Award Winner by the American Planning Association of Virginia.

Explore Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest at poplarforest.org.

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