Bedford County

Bedford County

Bedford County


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

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


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