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James Madison's Montpelier

11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Beautiful House

1. They have a great job with this house. they do not shy away from Slavery. Two new exhibits talk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gainesville, Virginia
Home of the 4th president

I really wish I had more time to spend at this location. They offer so many interesting tours but I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and adult and student groups seven days a week. House tours are complemented by the permanent exhibition "The Mere Distinction of Colour"; walking tours; galleries; the Museum Shop; the Madison family and slave cemeteries; an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites; formal gardens; 8+ miles of forest trails, and award-winning food at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Located 25 miles north of Charlottesville and 4 miles south of historic Orange on Route 20, Constitution Highway. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation and is a National Trust Historic Site. Montpelier is a monument to James Madison, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison's most powerful idea: government by the people.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Reviewed 1 week ago

1. They have a great job with this house. they do not shy away from Slavery. Two new exhibits talk about it. Shows a new light on Dolley and James. Gardens are amazing. I wish we spent more time here but family was ready to...More

2  Thank matjaz2002
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wish I had more time to spend at this location. They offer so many interesting tours but I was only able to complete the home tour. Seeing the beautiful house and artifacts truly connects you to the family and what was going on...More

2  Thank Dewayne P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Facilities supporting the tour experience very good. Though not crowded when we were there, parking appears somewhat limited. Due to nature of home ownership, furnishing are largely period appropriate with a few Madison pieces inserted. Took the Signature Tour and the guide was very knowledgeable...More

2  Thank Larry H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mansion has been well kept. The Dupont family had it and retained its grandeur. The estate is open for tours. You can enter President James Madison's writing room. One can easily imagine him drafting the Constitution while overlooking his large estate. On the grounds,...More

1  Thank Ron B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our Founding Fathers. Hard to believe all the great young men who knew each other, worked for each other (several of them were Secretaries of State before becoming President). Madison was the Father of our Constitution, an architect of the Bill of rights,...More

2  Thank Jeannene A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides gave Interesting history from both Dolly and James's perspectives. They also gave Interesting details about Madison's roles in our early governmental development.

2  Thank Ellen88Keys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit was before the National Trust did any of the restoration you see today. That visit was interesting, but this time was so much more informative. The guide (wish I could remember her name) was knowledgeable, entertaining and very open to questions.

3  Thank wagne020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide was so informative and knowledgeable, it made for a great tour. The house is beautiful, it was interesting to learn that James Madison made additions to the original home. We also took the trail down to the cemetery, it's not a far...More

2  Thank MstqMI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were traveling in Virginia to visit the estates of former presidents and Montpelier did not disappoint. It is a beautiful, underrated gem. We took both the house and enslaved persons tours and both guides were very knowledgeable. And they are creating...More

3  Thank slo2slt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take the time to visit all the Presidents homes all closeby. But take a day for each (Jefferson. Madison and Monroe). All are wonderful steps back in history to the founders of our country. So much information. Some you may know and some is new....More

Thank Carol R
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Is Montpellier pet friendly?
15 January 2017|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Dogs on leashes are welcome on the grounds and gardens of Montpelier. We also have several miles of trails that are free and open to the public every day during business hours; bring your dog with you for a walk! However... More
Matthew R
Hi David, also wanted to let you know that there is an archaeology lab at Montpelier that is filled with historic artifacts--and is open everyday of the week. If you visit during the weekday, the archaeology site is open and archaeologists can show you their latest discoveries! There are also opportunities for the public to dig at the site (week long programs) and help uncover the early history of the estate.
9 July 2016|
Response from Mrsleon2007 | Reviewed this property |
When we visited there was an archeology team working
Jim W
Is there a cafe.
30 May 2016|
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Response from hkcoffey278 | Reviewed this property |