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James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station

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#14 of 152 in Historic Sites in Virginia
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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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  • A beautiful home and grounds with so much history! We took the tour and our guide, Nora, was great. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about James & Dolley Madison and their contribution to our...  more »
  • We went to Montpelier just to use their paths through their wonderful forest. A stop at their nice gift shop and you can get a map of the trails. They vary in length, so you can pick one that suits yo...  more »
  • Montpelier is more than just the well-restored home and grounds of James and Dolley Madison. Informative and well-curated exhibits in the visitor center and one-hour guided tours of the main house not...  more »

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