James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station

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The historical home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, and his wife Dolley, James Madison's Montpelier served as the place where the president researched ideas that would become part of the U.S. Constitution. Tour the restored mansion where you can go inside the drawing room, dining room, and presidential library, filled with books and maps that reveal Madison's interests. See cryptology and writing duplicating machines, learn how to cook the foods made on the estate during Madison's time, and explore the extensive gardens. You can participate in hands-on activities in the restoration tent and archeology lab, and see scientists at work on the exposed excavation site. Kids have their own archeology lab they can work in and areas where they can play colonial kids' games. Be sure to see the introductory movie that highlights the history of the home. The former president is buried on site. Arrange to visit James Madison's Montpelier and other attractions in Montpelier Station using our Montpelier Station online travel planner.
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  • If you go to Montpelier expecting to be educated on and to hear about James Madison the man - statesman, intellectual, founding father, etc., You'll get a little of that, but only a little. What... 
    If you go to Montpelier expecting to be educated on and to hear about James Madison the man - statesman, intellectual, founding father, etc., You'll get a little of that, but only a little. What...  more »
  • Beautiful historic building and lush ground spoiled by handicap inaccessibility. Although a wheelchair could be provided, the paths are not handicapped friendly. They are too steep for comfort and... 
    Beautiful historic building and lush ground spoiled by handicap inaccessibility. Although a wheelchair could be provided, the paths are not handicapped friendly. They are too steep for comfort and...  more »
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  • I decided to take a solo trip to visit Montpelier because I wanted to have as much time as I wanted to explore. I could not have asked for a better tour or day to enjoy learning and exploring. My tour guide was so knowledgeable and I took a lot of good notes to share with my students. I loved walking the gardens and grounds as well. Their new exhibits “mere distinction of color” are also wonderful. I love their emphasis on valuing all people that lived here, not just James Madison.
  • Out of Monticello, Highlands, and this, Madison’s tour—with docent Emily—was the best. I am particularly appreciative of “The Mere Distinction of Colour” exhibits, a true and honest look at the lasting residue of the the original sin of slavery on our “founding fathers’” grand experiment. Highly recommended, and even more so than Monticello or James Monroe’s Highland.

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