- Historic Sites
Poplar Forest was an important part of Jefferson’s life – a private retreat, situated far from the public scrutiny and demands on his time. It was his most personal architectural creation and landscape, a place where he came to find rest and leisure, to rekindle his creativity, and to enjoy private time with his family. Poplar Forest was also once a working plantation, critical to his efforts as a farmer. The lives of the enslaved men and women who worked for Jefferson are an important part of its history.