Mark your calendar for these four walking tours, each of which offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes examination of how our architectural historians restore and reconstruction significant figures.
March 24: "The Montpelier Restoration" - This architecturally-focused tour of the House emphasizes the five-year, $24 million groundbreaking restoration.
June 23: "The Reconstruction of the South Yard" - Learn about the research behind the buildings, how they were constructed using traditional building techniques, and how they were used by the enslaved community.
August 25: "The Temple" - From 1809 to 1812, James Dinsmore, a highly-skilled house joiner, renovated and expanded Montpelier. Learn about Disnmore's unique construction techniques, his connections to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, and the recently discovered red roof of Madison's Temple.
October 20: "Ghosthunters" - Learn how architectural historians use ghost marks, explore how buildings are constructed and modified, and discover how the historians use that information to restore buildings.
Dive into the history of American democracy at Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison - Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and America’s 1st First Lady. It was at Montpelier where Madison studied 400 years of democracies past to create the U.S. Constitution, one of the most important political documents ever written.... more