|Front Drive to Poplar Forest|
|Our Guide on the tour of the home|
In 1773 Jefferson inherited 4,800 acres from his father-in-law, John Wayles. While serving as President of the United States, Jefferson supervised the laying of the foundations for a new octagonal house. The octagon house includes a central cube room, 20 feet on a side, porticos to the north and south, and a service wing to the east.
Jefferson visited this house in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as often as four times a year, frequently staying as long as a month. Poplar Forest was a personal architectural creation and the place where Jefferson found rest and leisure and enjoyed private time with his family.
After we left Poplar Forest, we drove over to Natural Bridge but it was getting late and we decided that the $19 each to get in for less than an hour wasn't worth it.
Then our luck got even worse as we tried to have dinner at the Pink Cadillac Diner. We waited awhile to get seated and then we were just plain ignored for more than 15 minutes. We finally just got up and left. We drove back to the campground and had some leftovers for dinner.