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NSDAR Awards a $10,000 Historic Preservation Grant to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
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Contributed By: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Email The Author: press@poplarforest.org
Website: http://poplarforest.org

Washington, D.C.: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announced today that the organization is donating $10,000 to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for its doorway restoration project. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Lynchburg, Virginia.
 
One of only two homes Thomas Jefferson designed for his personal use, his Poplar Forest retreat was the place where Jefferson “came to indulge in the life of mind and renew his personal creativity.” Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited the Bedford County plantation from her father in 1773. In 1806, Jefferson traveled from Washington to supervise the laying of the foundation for the octagonal villa. When his presidency ended in 1809, he visited the retreat three to four times a year, often staying for months at a time during planting seasons. Now a National Historic Landmark that was nearly lost to development, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation was opened to the public for the first time, in its “before restoration” state, in 1986. Today, the neoclassical architecture of the Founding Father’s octagonal villa has been returned to Mr. Jefferson’s design. A visit to Poplar Forest offers a unique opportunity to observe a “live” archaeological dig and restoration in progress, as efforts to reveal and restore Thomas Jefferson’s vision for his personal retreat continue.
 
“We are extremely grateful for the DAR’s generous support of our doorway restoration project,” said Travis McDonald, Director of Architectural Restoration for Poplar Forest. “Only two doors survive from the original construction. The grant will allow us to fabricate and install ten interior doors replicated from an original door, which will make a big difference in the way visitors perceive the interior of the house. The doors will also help to further define the flow of the floor plan.”
 
The unique nuances of the walnut wood and unusual molding of the stiles and rails, the varnish finish and hardware (cast-butt hinges, mortise locks, brass knobs and escutcheons) were determined by specialists in Williamsburg during a year-long conservation of one of the two surviving original walnut doors. The original doors, like all of the finish trim in the house, were made by Jefferson’s enslaved master craftsman, John Hemings, and his nephew apprentices. The fabrication and installation of the ten doors will be accomplished within one year. The one original conserved door is currently on display in the octagonal house.
 
The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities that promote the organization’s mission areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism.
 
The DAR receives hundreds of grants applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation and include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community that will result from the grant.
           
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org. For more about applying for a Special Projects Grant from the DAR, visit www.dar.org/grants.


Posted: June 2, 2015
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