Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

BACKGROUND:
Poplar Forest was Thomas Jefferson’s plantation, final major architectural project, and retreat home. The property fell into disrepair after his death but has since been preserved and restored.

SCOPE:
The 106 Group completed Schematic Design for exhibits along the new entry parkway and in the lower levels of the house. This follows our previous work developing a Master Interpretive Plan (MIP) to guide Poplar Forest’s evolution from a historic preservation and rescue project to an audience-focused site. This year-long project included extensive stakeholder engagement and independent audience research.

OUTCOME:
The completed MIP and Schematic Design defines a comprehensive visitor experience that deeply integrates the Jefferson family stories with those of the enslaved craftsmen that built the house, household staff, and long-term plantation workers. The project was named as a 2015 Public Outreach and Engagement Award Winner by the American Planning Association of Virginia.

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