Poplar Forest – in progress
Located outside of Lynchburg, the 5000-acre plantation was Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat. While eluding British capture in 1781, he compiled much of the material for his only book, Notes on the State of Virginia, at Poplar Forest. On behalf of The Garden Club of Virginia and in conjunction with Poplar Forest’s archaeologist, we are currently involved in three important projects. The first is the restoration of the west allée of paper mulberry trees that lead from the west side of the house to the mound. The exact location of the original trees was determined through archaeology. The second project is the restoration of four ornamental clumps and oval beds that once existed at four corners of the octagonal house. The third and final part of the Phase 1 restoration involves the carriage turnaround and central oval bed which frame the approach to the house and, as such, is a critical part of Jefferson’s ornamental landscape.