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John Barnhart
Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, points to a fireplace at Poplar Forest with brickwork darkened from fires that burned there in Jefferson’s time.

    Trying to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter was a challenge 200 years ago, even if you happened to be Thomas Jefferson.

     Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located in Forest shows how he did it, as best he could.
    “You have to start with the structure,” said Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration.

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