Jefferson Impersonator at Poplar Forest
Credit: Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County, Virginia
Medium: Photograph

Jefferson Impersonator at Poplar Forest

A Thomas Jefferson impersonator sits on the south portico of Poplar Forest, Jefferson's rural retreat and plantation in Beford County. The impersonator, Bill Barker, sits in a Campeachy chair, a comfortable style of chair favored by Jefferson in his later years. In 1819, Jefferson complained that he was suffering from rheumatism at Poplar Forest and he ordered that a Campeachy chair made by his slave John Hemmings be brought from Monticello.

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