Happenings

Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours

When: Sat., May 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun., May 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2022

Fifty years ago, the octagonal villa at Poplar Forest was unrecognizable. The simple elegance of the president’s Palladian-inspired design was hidden by the renovations subsequent owners made to the structure to suit their tastes. Learn how the restoration architects and architectural historians and craftsmen are continuing their meticulous restoration of what Jefferson affectionately called the “Best dwelling house in the state…” on an hour-long tour guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration and the architect of the ground breaking restoration process developed to save the historic structure.

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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