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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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  • Kemp was a fascinating and informative guide. The location is beautiful and utterly enhanced by her lively recounting of James' and Dolly's lives - their personalities, backgrounds, and how they... 
    Kemp was a fascinating and informative guide. The location is beautiful and utterly enhanced by her lively recounting of James' and Dolly's lives - their personalities, backgrounds, and how they...  more »
  • Like Monticello is to Jefferson, Montpelier is to James Madison. Provides the specific room, desk, furniture, deathbed, mother’s unit next door to understand the complex personality, achievements... 
    Like Monticello is to Jefferson, Montpelier is to James Madison. Provides the specific room, desk, furniture, deathbed, mother’s unit next door to understand the complex personality, achievements...  more »
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  • I decided to take a solo trip to visit Montpelier because I wanted to have as much time as I wanted to explore. I could not have asked for a better tour or day to enjoy learning and exploring. My tour guide was so knowledgeable and I took a lot of good notes to share with my students. I loved walking the gardens and grounds as well. Their new exhibits “mere distinction of color” are also wonderful. I love their emphasis on valuing all people that lived here, not just James Madison.
  • 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!

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