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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Sustainability & Stewardship

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Forest, Virginia

In 1806 during Jefferson’s second term as President, he began developing several acres of the 5,000-acre Poplar Forest plantation as his occasional retreat. Today, approximately 500 acres of the core area of the property is owned by the non-profit Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Heritage Landscapes completed the Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Schematic Landscape Master Plan with a significant component addressing the natural environment, transportation routing issues and sensitive site planning for a new visitor and staff campus that integrates architecture and landscape. Sited in an appropriate location for access and views the envisioned sustainable campus for visitors and staff improves property circulation and provides opportunities for robust landscape interpretation along multiple plantation and core area routes. The envisioned campus, a complex of sustainable, indoor and outdoor facilities, will provide for a focused visitor learning center as a platform for understanding Jefferson as an inspiration for contemporary life. Although funding challenges and necessary land acquisition have deferred campus implementation, Heritage Landscapes is currently working with the Corporation for Poplar Forest on regional arrival and plantation access.

The Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Poplar Forest Historic Landscape Schematic Master Plan and Phase One Implementation

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Patricia M. O'Donnell, Principal, Peter Viteretto, Project Landscape Architect, Kimball Erdman, Project Manager, Bryne Riley , Project Staff.