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Inside Jefferson's Cellar at Poplar Forest

We are visiting Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest home in Forest Virginia. They actually let you go in and take photographs inside the house unlike Monticello. It is very nice of them. Here we have entered the basement through the South doors under the brick arches. There were many storage rooms and a cistern and wine storage. Here was a nice shaving horse probably for woodworking demonstrations. A person would sit at the left end and press their foot on the pedal to lock the head or “dumbhead” down on a spindle. Then the woodworker would use a drawknife or shave to work on a stick and often a chair leg or spindle.

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