James Madison's Montpelier
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. Spanning 2,650 acres in Virginia’s pastoral Orange County, Montpelier is open to the public as a place to engage in learning activities about American governance, restore body and mind, and discover the material culture of the early American republic. Guided tours are available daily. Continue your exploration of American citizenship at the plantation’s slave sites, the freedman’s Gilmore Cabin, the 1901 Montpelier Train Depot, and Civil War sites. Other features include special exhibits, formal garden, hands-on kid activities, archaeological excavations, 3+ miles of nature trails, Museum shop, and Visitor Center Café.