There are lots of pros about a visit to Poplar Forest; too many to list. However, to me the most noticeable plus had to be the crowd size. Monticello, Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, is more famous and therefore more crowded. The smaller size and more rural location of Poplar Forest permits visitors to spend time absorbing their surroundings, learning, and exploring in a tranquil unhurried environment.
As for cons, a visit to Poplar Forest is what I characterize as history intensive. If you’re not a history buff or your traveling companions don’t share your love of historic attractions, it may not be for you.
Last but not least, there is a gift shop! The gift shop is inside the visitor center and features an extensive array of souvenirs, wine, toys, and other memorabilia. Jefferson once famously stated, “I cannot live without books.” He’d be delighted with the selection in this gift shop. It’s well-stocked with books on a variety of subjects, primarily and especially pertaining to Poplar Forest’s famous resident.