Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Presents

Conversations with Thomas Jefferson

with special guest King George III


Two performances on May 7, 2011


Forest, VA


MEDIA NOTE:  Jefferson and King George will be available to the media for interviews from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6thPlease contact Octavia Starbuck in advance at (434) 534-8108 or for information about interviewing the interpreters.


Two performances in 2011

Matinee at 2:15 pm (tea at 1:30 pm)

Tickets in advance: $24.00 adult, $12.00 youth

Tickets at the door: $28.00 adult, $14.00 youth

House Tours before or after the program: $9.00


Evening Performance at 8:00 pm (wine & cheese reception and tours at 7:00 pm)

Tickets in advance: $30.00 adult, $12.00 youth

Tickets at the door: $35.00 adult, $14.00 youth


Advance tickets are strongly recommended and may be purchased through Friday, May 6th by calling the Poplar Forest Museum Shop at (434) 534-8120 or online at


The audience will step back in time as Jefferson and King George present their viewpoints and recollections of the events preceding the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, including King George's Proclamation of Rebellion, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, and the volatile time in each nation's history as the colonists fought to sever ties from Great Britain. King George, the British monarch who failed to maintain control of the American colonies, will be given the opportunity to explain the taxation he placed on the colonists.


Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for more than twenty years, headquartered in Colonial Williamsburg but appearing in diverse locations including The White House and the Palace of Versailles. He has performed in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, The History Channel, and C-SPAN.  For his portrayal of Mr. Jefferson, Bill Barker has received awards and commendations from the Hellenic Ideas Foundation, the Jefferson Legacy Foundation and the cities of Philadelphia, St. Louis, and New Orleans.


Joining Mr. Barker in this year's Conversation will be John R. Hamant as King George III. At the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mr. Hamant has developed the personages of Lord Botetourt, Peyton Randolph and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


For more information, please call (434) 534-8120.



About Poplar Forest
Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's secluded plantation and retreat home. Poplar Forest is a National Historic Landmark that was recently added to the U.S. nomination list to become a World Heritage Site. Exhibiting award-winning restoration and archaeology, Poplar Forest offers tours, special events and school outreach programs. Open daily March 15 through December 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. For more information about Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, call (434) 525-1806 or visit