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Peaks of Otter and Poplar Forest Outing  

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "the mountains of the Blue Ridge, and of these the Peaks of Otter, are thought to be of a greater height, measured from their base, than any others in our country, and perhaps in North America." This turned out not to be the case, but not before Virginia had sent stones from the Peaks to be its part of the Washington Monument. Our first stop will be at the Peaks of Otter Lodge to enjoy the verdant scenery and have lunch.
Then we'll head for Thomas Jefferson's private retreat, Poplar Forest. In 1806, while he was president, Jefferson himself assisted the masons in laying the foundation for this dwelling on what was then a 4,819-acre plantation and the source of much of his income. Poplar Forest became his escape from too many visitors at Monticello, a 3-day carriage ride away. We'll tour Jefferson's final architectural masterpiece, again, a work in progress as it is being restored to its early 19th century state.

Trip fee includes transportation and lunch.
You must register by April 23

Bus Departures and Returns
STAUNTON
Depart: 10:00 a.m.
Return: 6:30 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE
Depart: 9:00 a.m.
Return: 5:30 p.m.