Near Smith Mountain Lake there are many interesting and historic sites to visit as the weather begins to warm, such as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Home.
Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and was the 3rd President of the United States. At the age of 33, he drafted the Declaration of Independence and also notably wrote the bill which established our religious freedom, enacted in 1786.
Poplar Forest was the home Jefferson designed and built after his presidency, as a private retreat (and one of his most valued possessions). This interesting and 8-sided home is open daily for visitors from April 1st through the end of November each year.
Located on Rt. 661 off Rt. 460 in Bedford County 434.525.1806. For more info. visit http://www.poplarforest.org/