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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  • Madison's house restoration tour is superb as was the very knowledgeable docent who was our guide. Wow - how much history can one absorb - fantastic. Depicting the details of daily living in that era ...  more »
  • As I trekked from NC to PA, this house was a long-awaited 'bucket list' stop....check. A welcome surprise was the slavery exhibit (in the basement). It is a bit sparse but DOES give a clearer picture ...  more »
  • Montpelier was at the top of our list of historical sites to visit, and we were not disappointed. Our guide certainly made Madison the hero of the US Constitution. Unfortunately, no photography is all...  more »
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  • Enjoyed a kid friendly tour of the house with a docent who had things the kids could touch for each room. The grounds are lovely and very walkable. There are slave cabins for all to explore. Great exhibits on plantation life. Archaeology ongoing onsite and a sandpit where kids can dig for artifacts. Kids are free during some months. Check the website n book kid friendly tour.
  • My husband and daughter took the house tour while I explored the expansive grounds with our toddler. Everyone was pleased with the amount of activities available for the entire family. On a warmer day, we could have easily spent the entire day exploring the trails and exhibits. As it was, we spent over 4 hours on guided tours. The second tour we went on, "Enslaved Community," was well worth it. The outdoor walking tour given by our interpreter Russell was very informative and gave us a real sense of what life was like for Madison's slaves. The exhibit "The Mere Distinction of Color" was also well done. We will definitely return when our children our older and will get even more out of the experience.
  • I highly recommend any and everyone to visit Montpelier! They have done wonderful things...archeology digs, updated the house, a wonderful "Mere Distinction of Color" exhibit, and more! The workers and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable! I've taken all my friends and many relatives to visit and everyone says the same wonderful comments!
  • We love to explore history and we enjoyed our visit to James Madison's home. The home itself is beautiful and the staff is friendly too. We have enjoyed visiting several Presidential homes in the state of Virginia and hope to visit more in the future. If you enjoy history or learning about Presidents, this is a place you should see. It is a nice place to bring your children to as well.
  • This was a great historical site. I didn’t know as much about Jefferson and it was great to learn more. Had a fun time with the family!
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