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Colonial Williamsburg’s Thomas Jefferson interpreter leaves for Monticello

Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson since the 1980s. (Courtesy Summer 2016 Trend & Tradition Magazine and Colonial Williamsburg)
Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson since the 1980s. (Courtesy Summer 2016 Trend & Tradition Magazine and Colonial Williamsburg)

Bill Barker, a historical actor and interpreter of Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg, is moving to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.

He starts June 14.

“Retirement has never been a word in my vocabulary, any more than it was a word in Thomas Jefferson’s vocabulary,” Barker said. “Jefferson continued to work on his goals of furthering education and enlightenment thinking, and I intend to do the same.”

Barker has worked at Colonial Williamsburg as Thomas Jefferson for 26 years and founded the Nation Builder program, according to a news release.

In addition, he has played Jefferson on television stations such as ABC and PBS as well as magazine features in Time and People.

Barker will work at Colonial Williamsburg through June 7. His new book, “Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father,” can be purchased at Colonial Williamsburg and Monticello. For more information about Barker’s performances at Colonial Williamsburg, visit the foundation’s website.

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