Just a short twenty minute drive to the west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson’s secluded retreat, now a National Historic Landmark. A mature and innovative architectural masterpiece, Jefferson designed the octagonal house at Poplar Forest during his second term as President of the United States. Jefferson sojourned to Poplar Forest between the ages of 66-80 to rekindle his creativity, spend time with his grandchildren and escape the crowds at Monticello. Currently undergoing award-winning preservation, restoration and archaeology, Poplar Forest offers tours and special events. Poplar Forest is in Bedford County, near Lynchburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Group tours year-round, by appointment.