Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha inherited the Bedford County plantation, now known as Poplar Forest, from her father in 1773. The property’s name predates Jefferson’s ownership and is indicative of the Poplar Forest it was built on. Jefferson built the octagonal house to serve as a retreat but in the early years of his ownership Jefferson managed Poplar Forest from afar as he practiced law and held a series of government positions. He and his family spent two months there in 1781 when they left Monticello to escape British capture. 
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Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha inherited the Bedford County plantation, now known as Poplar Forest, from her father in 1773. The property’s name predates Jefferson’s ownership and is indicative of the Poplar Forest it was built on. Jefferson built the octagonal house to serve as a retreat but in the early years of his ownership Jefferson managed Poplar Forest from afar as he practiced law and held a series of government positions. He and his family spent two months there in 1781 when they left Monticello to escape British capture.

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