Trip Planner USA  /  Virginia  /  Montpelier Station  /  Trails  /  James Madison's Montpelier

James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier Station

Categories: Hiking Trails, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • I have visited Monticello Mount Vernon and now Montpelier. More personal information about the main contributor to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 
  • Thought we knew about Madison, but the tour certainly changed that thought. The guide was terrific. It is hard to comprehend how smart and capable a person that Madison was. Learning how he put the fr...  read more »
  • We have taken tours of a few presidents homes. We enjoyed this one most. Our tour guide was Chris and he was excellent. You could tell how much he likes his job by the passionate way he talked about M...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Good for a sunny day. Tour guides are helpful. Not a long tour but it's an interesting one. Other than the house and huge garden there isn't much else to see.
  • They should add more about slavery, as they acted as though Madison was a benevolent slave owner. And maybe he was better than some, but he was still part of a genocide. He even arranged to keep the slaves in the family until Dolley died. I know the tours have to be diplomatic, but it's important to be honest about his poor choices.
  • Glad to hear people are working hard to restore this mansion to greatness. 20+ years ago while in grade school the place was literally falling down. It got so bad that tours were no longer allowed upstairs as of about 2007. We used to run our home meets for Cross Country here on the grounds, always a joy to run on this hallowed ground where American Patriots once walked or rode horseback.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m