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James Madison's Montpelier

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic home and burial site of James Madison and his wife Dolly.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I have always been a fan of James Madison and was pleased to see his home so well preserved. Archeologists are actively working the grounds and welcome questions. A living history, two cooks working over an outdoor open fire even allowed us to sample some of their products. Friendly staff.

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Shalimar, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We enjoyed touring this house and learning the efforts that are underway to find the actual furnishings used by the Madisons. The story of our early presidents comes alive when you learn how closely connected they were. Montpelier and Monticello are very different so don't think if you've seen one you've seen them all.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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362 reviews 362 reviews
193 attraction reviews
804 helpful votes 804 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you were wowed at Monticello, you will be awed here in Montpelier. The foundation's meticulous restoration to bring it true to form during James and Dolley Madison's time is candidly told by tour guides and exposes the daunting task ahead of this enormous challenge. Erasing the duPont's imprint is apparently the easier job but analyzing data to give insight... More

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Afton, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was an afternoon visit to the home of James Madison. It is a nicely preserved home and shows up very well on some picturesque grounds. Monticello is more spectacular and is placed on a mountain that provides better views but Montpelier has nothing to be ashamed of. This was well worth an afternoon trip and my wife and I... More

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The tour was great, so informative. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. The house, the gardens, and the grounds were beautiful. I definitely want to return.

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Mesa, AZ
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited Montpelier on a very rainy day after Monticello. Lovely drive into the grounds and a view of the house as you come in. Enter the visitor center with a cafe, gift shop and small museum area that houses Dolly Madison's wedding ring (check out the stones) and James Madison's hair. Tour starts with a 15-ish minute movie, then... More

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Saint Leonard, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having recently made my way back to Monticello and Mt. Vernon, I thought I'd give Montpelier a shot, especially as it was on our way to somewhere else. Next time I come here it will be the destination, not the stopover. To say that it did not disappoint would be a gross understatement. In fact, I was truly surprised, even... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited in the fall and thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent home and its surrounding grounds. The interior of the home is well done and very informative.

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East Point, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Visited on a perfect weather day. We really enjoyed the buggy ride before our tour. The tour was fantastic and our guide Laura was wonderful! We enjoyed walking the grounds and the gardens.

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Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
55 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were very lucky to have a private tour here, and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made it very interesting and enjoyable. It was Very interesting to go here and then to Monticello, as Jefferson and Madison were close.

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