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. Arrange to visit James Madison's Montpelier and other attractions in Montpelier Station using our Montpelier Station online travel planner.
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  • My wife and I toured this house and one thing that stood out was that it looked different on the outside since the last visit I had in 1998ish. It was pink on the outside from the DuPont's ownership.....  more »
  • Great tour with very knowledgeable tour guide. Told the good, the bad and the ugly about the Madiisons.  more »
  • Though we have visited the other founding father's homes at Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Ash Lawn, this was our first trip to James Madison's Montpelier. Years ago I'd been warned that the DuPont...  more »
  • Loved it! The tour guides are knowledgeable and engaging, and I learned things about the lives of enslaved people that I never knew. The grounds are beautiful, and one can roam freely all day, as well as hike on maintained trails in the old growth forest. I enjoyed the gift shop, and the cafe has a great lunch menu.
  • Beautiful grounds and fascinating historical home. Tour guides here are first rate. It's quite pricey, but they have added some excellent exhibits and restorations. There are lovely gardens as well. My only caveat is that no one ever addresses the hypocrisy of slave-owning champions of liberty. And unfortunately, I cannot recommend the Café for lunch. The barbecued "brisket" sandwich I ordered was so tough and stringy, it was literally barely edible.
  • A must stop for all of us self-proclaimed history nerds. The Constitution Tour was very well done. The most moving part of my most recent trip to Montpelier was the Mere Distinction of Colour exhibit. Very well done. A must see.
  • You step into the pages of history when you step into James Madison's Montpelier mansion/plantation.  A beautifully maintained grounds and buildings that dates back over two centuries.   The mansion has changed hands several times since the days James and Dolley Madison lived there but thanks to the significant efforts of The National Trust, the mansion has been restored to the way it was back then.   Just under 3 hour drive from Washington DC, Montpelier if a must see place if you live in the DMV zone or visiting the DC area, especially if you are a history buff. The guided tours are very informative as are the video presentations that highlights the life in those days including the lives of the enslaved community. And don't forget to have lunch or a snack at the The Exchange Cafe. The BBQ sandwiches are delicious as are the ice cream.
  • Awesome tour guide and grounds. I wish there was a little more interactive activities. For example having someome play Mr. Madison or reenacting of certain activities. Have some horses or livestock on the grounds. It's beautiful but seems so empty.

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