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Architectural Details and Rooms at Poplar Forest

Central Dining Room with Skylight

Light streams through a skylight into the dining room at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's rural retreat in Bedford County. Jefferson designed the villa and positioned the dining room—a perfect twenty-foot cube—at the very center of the structure. The sixteen-foot skylight was one of the largest in America in the early nineteenth century.

Original Author: Jackson Smith

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, photography by Jackson Smith

Assembling Balustrade at Poplar Forest

A craftsman assembles a balustrade on the roof of Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's country estate in Bedford County.

Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

Created: Twenty-first century

Medium: Balustrade on roof

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

Tin Roof and Chinese Rail

A Chinese rail tops the tin roof at Poplar Forest. The reconstruction of the railing was based on documentary evidence. Enslaved joiner John Hemmings wrote a letter to his master Thomas Jefferson in which he mentioned a Chinese rail on the roof.

Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

Created: Twenty-first century

Medium: Roof and railing

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

Parlor with Triple-Sash Windows

The parlor at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's country retreat in Bedford County, features a glass door and triple-sash windows that extend to the floor. Jefferson's interior design of the south-facing parlor maximized the light that would enter the room.

Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

Created: Twenty-first century

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

Octagonal Privy at Poplar Forest

The west privy shown here is one of two octagonal privies at Poplar Forest. The privies were part of Thomas Jefferson's original design for his country estate.

Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

Created: Twenty-first century

Medium: Privy

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

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  • Central Dining Room with Skylight

    Light streams through a skylight into the dining room at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's rural retreat in Bedford County. Jefferson designed the villa and positioned the dining room—a perfect twenty-foot cube—at the very center of the structure. The sixteen-foot skylight was one of the largest in America in the early nineteenth century.

    Original Author: Jackson Smith

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia, photography by Jackson Smith

  • Assembling Balustrade at Poplar Forest

    A craftsman assembles a balustrade on the roof of Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's country estate in Bedford County.

    Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

    Created: Twenty-first century

    Medium: Balustrade on roof

    Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

  • Tin Roof and Chinese Rail

    A Chinese rail tops the tin roof at Poplar Forest. The reconstruction of the railing was based on documentary evidence. Enslaved joiner John Hemmings wrote a letter to his master Thomas Jefferson in which he mentioned a Chinese rail on the roof.

    Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

    Created: Twenty-first century

    Medium: Roof and railing

    Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

  • Parlor with Triple-Sash Windows

    The parlor at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's country retreat in Bedford County, features a glass door and triple-sash windows that extend to the floor. Jefferson's interior design of the south-facing parlor maximized the light that would enter the room.

    Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

    Created: Twenty-first century

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia

  • Octagonal Privy at Poplar Forest

    The west privy shown here is one of two octagonal privies at Poplar Forest. The privies were part of Thomas Jefferson's original design for his country estate.

    Original Author: Restoration Staff at Poplar Forest

    Created: Twenty-first century

    Medium: Privy

    Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia