The tiny community of Forest takes its name from Poplar Forest, the land-holding inherited by Thomas Jefferson's wife, Martha, in 1773 from her father, John Wayles. On this tract, Jefferson's house, Poplar Forest (BD26), was a novelty surrounded, at a respectful distance, by early-nineteenth-century Virginia houses providing conservative statements of their owners' prosperity and rarely giving even a stylistic nod to their fashionable neighbor.
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