Three Jefferson Pieces I. “Poplar Forest”

Albumleaf 15: May 27, 2010 (Farmville)

Located just west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is the small, octagonal house Thomas Jefferson built during his second term as President. He intended the house to be a private retreat from his public showpiece, Monticello. While staying at Poplar Forest, Jefferson wrote much of Notes on the State of Virginia, his only full-length book. In addition to reading and attending to farm matters, I like to imagine him playing his violin for an audience of only himself.

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