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.
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Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation. more
The Montpelier Archaeology Department is holding a series of monthly tours that highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. On these tours, you will see sites that have been located by the archaeology department,... more
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... more