Bedford County

Bedford County

Bedford County

About

Thomas Jefferson owned property in Bedford County called Poplar Forest beginning in 1773. When the British invaded Virginia, they set out to capture Jefferson who was Governor at the time. Jefferson moved the government from Richmond to Charlottesville in 1781, but was in imminent danger of capture. A local man, Jack Jouett overheard British officers discussing their plan at a local tavern and set off in the night to warn Jefferson at Monticello. Upon hearing the British were well on their way to Monticello, he and his family escaped to Poplar Forest in Bedford, staying on the grounds for two months.

Local Events

Friday Field Days with Poplar Forest Archaeology Friday Field Days with Poplar Forest Archaeology
March 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Bedford County

Join the Poplar Forest Archaeology and Landscapes Department every Friday from March 22-May 31 at 1:30 p.m. for an in-depth look into their current ex... Read More

Spring Trail HikeSpring Trail Hike
March 23, 2024 - March 23, 2024
Bedford County

Join the Poplar Forest Department of Archaeology and Landscapes for an informative hike along the Poplar Forest walking trails learning about the hist... Read More

Poplar Forest Naturalization CeremonyPoplar Forest Naturalization Ceremony
April 12, 2024 - April 12, 2024
Bedford County

Join Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) to witness a N... Read More

A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de LaFayetteA Conversation with Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de LaFayette
April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
Bedford County

In 1804, the Marquis de Lafayette made a triumphant return visit to tour the United States and revisit friends and fellow patriots he fought beside du... Read More

Restoration Behind the Scenes ToursRestoration Behind the Scenes Tours
May 17, 2024 - May 18, 2024
Bedford County

Forty years ago, the octagonal villa at Poplar Forest looked quite different than it does today. Since 1989, using Jefferson’s documents and letters... Read More

The Day is Past and GoneThe Day is Past and Gone
May 24, 2024 - May 25, 2024
Bedford County

Playwright Teresa Harris’s original drama returns to Jefferson’s south lawn for two performances only. Drawn from real-life experiences of the men... Read More

Independence Day CelebrationIndependence Day Celebration
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
Bedford County

Thomas Jefferson held July 4th as “the only birthday I ever commemorate…” Bring your family and friends out to Poplar Forest, his Bedford County... Read More

Roots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our StoryRoots and Reconnection: Celebrating Our Story
September 14, 2024 - September 14, 2024
Bedford County

Join Poplar Forest’s African American Advisory Group, interpretation and archaeology staff, and the Board of Directors to celebrate, recognize and r... Read More

Poplar Forest Naturalization CeremonyPoplar Forest Naturalization Ceremony
September 17, 2024 - September 17, 2024
Bedford County

Join Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to witness a Naturalization Ceremony welcoming new American citizens in honor of Constitution Day, the day in ... Read More

Archaeology Behind the Scenes ToursArchaeology Behind the Scenes Tours
October 11, 2024 - October 12, 2024
Bedford County

TOURS ARE OCTOBER 11TH AND 12TH AT 11 A.M. AND 2 P.M. EACH DAY. An amateur archaeologist known to have studied Native American material culture, Thom... Read More

Fall Harvest Dinner Fall Harvest Dinner
October 19, 2024 - October 19, 2024
Bedford County

One of America’s first foodies, Thomas Jefferson had a taste for fine wines and gourmet foods. Join the president, as portrayed by actor Bill Barker... Read More

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
November 09, 2024 - November 09, 2024
Bedford County

Eat, drink, shop and explore a gem of American history when the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. Join Poplar Fo... Read More

Contact

Mary Massie & Nicole Johnson



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