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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. Put James Madison's Montpelier on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Montpelier Station vacation planner.
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  • We spent the day here and did not have time for the trails. The home is beautifully restored. We attended two tours- the slave tour and the house tour. Both guides took their time, gave a lot of histo...  more »
  • Don't forget this place. Make the time if you're doing Monticello too even if they are about an hour apart. Read other posts on what it's like. I'll add the practical side. There is a lot of walking. ...  more »
  • We arrived at Montpelier and where surprised to find a beautiful Welcome Center. There is a museum shop with lots of books and items for sale, a cafe, and a theatre. To start the tour one views a wond...  more »
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  • A beautiful place, worth visiting. gardens, old growth forest were beautiful. The house tour was quite disappointing. There was virtually no discussion of the history of the house or the artifacts within. Tour guide spoke at length about Madison but nothing about the house or furnishings. I was rushed through the rooms and was told when I lagged behind to look at the paintings and sculptures, that security would be alerted. As a point of contrast, I have visited Mount Vernon and Monticello and been very satisfied with the house tours conducted at both of them. As an aside, the guides were quite knowledgeable about the house and furnishing but seemed to have been instructed to only speak about James Madison and his family.
  • Beautiful landscape with interesting tours. We've taken the house tour several times in the past and always have been impressed with the knowledge and demeanor of the guides. This time we took the archeological tour and it was just as good. There has been plenty of restoration to bring the property back to the original state. It is as interesting and beautiful as Monticello.
  • Cate Nelson - SLAVERY WAS NOT GENOCIDE - GET REAL. It was nothing to be proud of, but as Muhammed Ali said when he went to Africa -"I'm glad my grandfather got on that boat!" So get off the genocide bit - slaves were not executed ad infinitum and yes, there were some benevolent slave masters whose help were like a part of ther family. Why not take care of your property??? Montpelier was a beautiful home of a former President that is being restored and holds a significant place in our history. Leave it at that and get off the liberal soapbox
  • Great visit! Very informative. It was great that they were handing out bottles of cold water to us at the end of the tour due to the high heat and humidity rather than charging $3-4 bucks per bottle!
  • I find it sad that the house was almost completely remodeled and dismantled by successive, elitist owners with ZERO empathy toward American History. With that sad, they're doing a fine job bringing the place back to its historical magnificence.