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James Madison's Montpelier

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Address: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Phone Number: 15406722728
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the...

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year. Mansion tours are complemented by galleries, the Museum Shop, an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, gardens, 6+ miles of forest trails, and award winning BBQ at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Located 25 miles north of Charlottesville and 4 miles south of historic Orange on Route 20, Constitution Highway. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation, wich seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site.

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Worth the drive even after snowstorm

Was hesitant to make the drive away from Interstate on Tuesday after weekend snowstorm. Stayed overnight in Charlottesville but after phoning Montpelier, assured home had been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was hesitant to make the drive away from Interstate on Tuesday after weekend snowstorm. Stayed overnight in Charlottesville but after phoning Montpelier, assured home had been reopened after weather closure and roads fine. As it turned out, we were the only 2 folks to make the trip to take the tour that morning so we had a 'private' tour. Linda,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the tour of the plantation as well as the history of the Madison family. I am glad they restored the plantation to the time the Madison's lived there. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The tour gave you an appreciation for life on a working plantation and the hard life of the slaves. The grounds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Inspite of a windy cold afternoon, we enjoyed the tour around James Madison's estate. You could feel the history and it somehow brought us back to how life was then. Well-maintained I should say. If you want to go on a tour, it would cost 20$ per person ( along with a group and the tour guide). We decided to... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fantastic place to visit. The Dolly Madison tour or the house to learn about Dolly and James Madison author of our Constitution. The tour was very informative and our guide was very helpful. Thanks to the Dupont's for having the vision to give it back to America for us all to visit and appreciate one of our greatest... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

A labor of love in terms of painstaking restoration, James Madison's Montpelier estate needs to be on your (very likely crowded) Virginia travel destination list. Its long history began with settlement by James Madison's grandfather in the 1720s, decades as estate and retreat for the Fourth President and principal author of the Constitution, a period as a Civil War encampment,... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Perfect tour given by our guide Tom! He with out a doubt knows his history and is very educated on everything Dolly & James Madison! It was a rainy day so we couldn't visit the grounds - which are very beautiful - however the brief video and tour of the house was an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Okay. First of all, even for Virginia, a 75 degree December day is ODD, but it made for a nice, warm day to walk around the grounds and gardens at Montpelier. Now when I say gardens, don't expect a Versailles-esque arrangement of beautiful, symmetrical bundles of greenery; rather, a simple yet elegant retreat and change of pace from the mansion... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Love the Founding fathers and the men who did the Constitution. Have been to Mt. Vernon, John Adam's, Thomas Jefferson and now John Adams home. New visitor center is very nice and the people who work here are very helpful. On the day we visited it happened that James Madison was present to greet guests and answer questions in the... More 

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Culpeper, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

While touring the home is the primary focus, it is also intriguing that archeological excavation is ongoing with new items found daily by the 20 members of the Montpelier archeology staff. The restoration is a constant work in progress. The house is well maintained and our tour guide was phenomenal. We highly recommend visiting not only the house but the... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This is an amazing project. I am so glad I came back to see it again! I was frist here some 18 years ago, long before they started to remove the duPont additions, begin the archaeology, etc. What they have accompished so far is fantastic. I bet when they finish the dependencies it will rival Monticello.

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