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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  • Beautiful historic building and lush ground spoiled by handicap inaccessibility. Although a wheelchair could be provided, the paths are not handicapped friendly. They are too steep for comfort and... 
    Beautiful historic building and lush ground spoiled by handicap inaccessibility. Although a wheelchair could be provided, the paths are not handicapped friendly. They are too steep for comfort and...  more »
  • Please do not be swayed by those who are posting on social media to boycott Montpelier. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Montpelier Foundation Board are dedicated to presenting a.....  more
    Please do not be swayed by those who are posting on social media to boycott Montpelier. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Montpelier Foundation Board are dedicated to presenting a.....  more »
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  • Unfortunately, the house wasn't open yet (3/5/22); it opens next week. I happened to be in the area for something else but saw the signs so I decided to stop by for a tour. My tour guide was Zeb G. and he was AMAZING!!!!! Very knowledgeable and kind. There was still much to see around the property that made the tour worthwhile even without being able to go inside the house. I'm sure if there are other tour guides there, they're fantastic but whenever I go back for the house tour, I'll be looking for Zeb - highly recommend him!
  • Really well managed. We got the general tour, which was fantastic- our tour guide was engaging and very knowledgeable. The pace was leisurely and many of the exhibits were self guided, so we were able to learn about things at our pace. I really enjoyed this.

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