Apr
13
Mon
Naturalization Ceremony- CANCELED @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Naturalization Ceremony- CANCELED @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

This event has been canceled due to health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Join Poplar Forest and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in welcoming 30 new American citizens in honor of the Founding Father’s 277th birthday. A luncheon, including birthday cake, for the new citizens and their guests will be served following the ceremony. Admission to the ceremony is included with general admission to Poplar Forest.

Apr
21
Tue
Lynchburg Garden Day at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest- CANCELED @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lynchburg Garden Day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest- CANCELED @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

This event has been canceled due to health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Tour Thomas Jefferson’s octagonal villa and ornamental gardens, an official stop on the Lynchburg Garden Day itinerary, during the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

An avid gardener and one of America’s first landscape designers, Jefferson was enthralled by the natural world, recording his ideas in letters and journals for planning and planting the ornamental landscape at Poplar Forest. Discover how he incorporated popular European landscape features in his plans for Poplar Forest and more. The restoration of Jefferson’s ornamental garden and carriage turnaround are official projects of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Admission to Poplar Forest on Garden Day is included in the Lynchburg Garden Day tour ticket. Without a Garden Day ticket, regular admission rates apply.

Apr
25
Sat
Jefferson and Douglass, A Conversation-POSTPONED @ Academy Center of the Arts Tickets
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jefferson and Douglass, A Conversation-POSTPONED @ Academy Center of the Arts

This event has been postponed due to health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus; please contact the organizer for further event details.

Experience a pivotal moment in American history as you witness an imagined conversation between Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Douglass, the 19th-century American abolitionist, author, editor and diplomat. The performance at the Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street in Lynchburg, will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $44 for adults (18+) and $20 for youth (ages 17 and under) and college students (must show ID). Reservations are recommended.

May
1
Fri
Tours at Historic Grovewood Village @ Grovewood Village Tickets
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
Tours at Historic Grovewood Village @ Grovewood Village

Did you know that Grovewood Village once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries? At the height of its success in the late 1920s, this Arts and Crafts enterprise had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the finest handwoven wool fabric in the country. Orders were shipped as far as China and Uruguay, and customers included the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Helen Keller, and several U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a docent-led tour, offered Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm during April – November (except Thanksgiving Day). Your tour includes a visit to our historic Dye House (usually closed to the public), where you’ll peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated and help preserve an important piece of Asheville’s history. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum in Grovewood Village. Free parking is available on site.

May
3
Sun
Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
May 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Palladian-style villa. This hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour is guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration, who has overseen restoration since it began in 1989.

You’ll learn how the restoration architects, architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state.” Admission is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door; reservations are encouraged.

Tours are Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th with tours starting at 11am and 2pm both days.

May
10
Sun
Mother’s Day and Women of Poplar Forest Talks @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mother's Day and Women of Poplar Forest Talks @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Discover the feminine side of Poplar Forest at this Women of Poplar Forest Mother’s Day talk. Meet the mothers and daughters—both free and enslaved—who lived and worked on the property over the past 200 years, through true stories that have been documented in letters and through archaeological evidence. Get acquainted with the ladies of the house from Martha Wayles Jefferson, who, with her husband, Thomas Jefferson, inherited the plantation from her father in 1773, to Sally Watts, who became the mistress of the house in the 1940s, to Cate, one of the enslaved women living and working at Poplar Forest, and her daughter Hannah. Admission is free for mothers all day!

Special Women of Poplar Forest talks are at 1pm and 3pm May 10th.

May
16
Sat
The Day is Past and Gone: A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Day is Past and Gone: A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Experience a part of Poplar Forest history brought to life when Teresa Harris’s original drama returns to Mr. Jefferson’s retreat for one performance only! Drawn from real-life experiences, the trilogy of short vignettes explores the complexity of the lives of the enslaved African Americans and their struggles to survive. Each vignette takes place in a different area of the property, moving from the Wing of Offices to the carriage turnaround. Bring your friends and family for this unique event. Admission is $15 per person.

May
23
Sat
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Blue Ridge Music Center Tickets
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Blue Ridge Music Center

Two-time Grammy Award winners Old Crow Medicine Show will be returning to the Blue Ridge Music Center as part of the upcoming Roots of American Music summer concert series.

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start busking on street corners and winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. The group eventually found themselves in Boone, N.C., where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson, who invited them to perform at MerleFest. Shortly thereafter the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Since those humble beginnings, the band has been inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won Grammy awards for Best Folk Album category for Remedy (2014) and Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express (2013).

The band will open the season on Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 day of show, $20 for children age 3-12.

Jun
21
Sun
Father’s Day at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Father's Day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Treat Dad to a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat and plantation grounds on his special day. Enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape that once inspired Jefferson’s creativity; take an hour-long guided tour of the villa inspired by the architecture Jefferson encountered while serving as a diplomat in Europe; and discover what life there may have been like for Jefferson and his family, and the enslaved fathers and sons who lived and toiled on the plantation. Free for fathers all day!

Jun
25
Thu
1776, The Concert Musical @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm
1776, The Concert Musical @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Performances are June 25, 26 and 27 with a rain date of June 28. All performances start at 7:30pm each evening.

Revel in the revolutionary spirit of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s 8th-annual presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. View these events through the eyes of Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson). Celebrate their brilliant contributions to our country’s history. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and friends and family for an evening of theatre under the stars.

Tickets are $17.76 for adults (ages 18+); $13 for students (ages 6—17) and college students (must show ID); and $4 for children (ages 5 and under).