The Declaration of Independence emerged from the ravages of war to declare long-sought freedom from the oppression of strict British bedtimes. Walk in the footsteps of this document’s great author with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a Scholar’s Society Family Membership to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Forest (a $40 value).
A National Historic Landmark and home to one of two homes Thomas Jefferson designed and created for his own personal use, Poplar Forest provides a unique insight into the private life of one of American history’s biggest shapers. Owners of a Scholar’s Society Family Membership card get a year’s worth of unlimited admission to the grounds for two adults and their children, a subscription to Poplar Forest’s semi-annual newsletter, a monthly e-newsletter, a Founding Fathers powdered wig, and 10% off at the museum shop. History buffs can tour the house during its ongoing meticulous restoration while learning about the building's architecture, preservation, and early 19th-century life in addition to learning about Jefferson’s vision for his gardens and farm. Forty-minute guided tours provide information about the facility's numerous exhibits—including the restoration workshop, slave quarter site, and archaeology laboratory; free-spirited visitors can wander the grounds with GPS-guided audio-visual handheld units or a sundial.
Poplar Forest also holds a number of events during the year, many of them free to attend with membership, including an opportunity to talk to the master craftsmen restoring Jefferson’s house, stargaze with the director of the Belk Astronomical Observatory, and attend a Q&A on the importance of Twitter in modern revolutions with the ghost of Thomas Jefferson himself.