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James Madison's Montpelier

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
540-672-2728
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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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Hauppauge, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Lst week I was privileged to be part of the first group to inaugurate a new tour based on "Slavery at Montpelier". For anyone who is in the least interested in Presidential history, this tour is a must. Thanks to the superior knowledge of our guide, Mandi, we were taken back to Madison's time, both through the touring of his... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I have been to all the Virginia President's homes and this is certainly one that you cannot miss. The home is absolutely gorgeous.....I put it right behind Mt. Vernon. It's located in the middle of nowhere, but it is definitely worth the drive. The museum is only a few years old. They have done a wonderful job with the house,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Don't expect a house full of Madison's possessions like Monticello with jefferson's. Restoration is ongoing and this aite is a lesson in the restoration process (and cost) of historical sites. Really top notch tour guide and learned a great deal about Madison.

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Beaverdam, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

They have tours every hour on the hour. It begins with a short video and then a guided tour of the mansion. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and interesting. So much to learn about James Madison. This is a must visit!! The museum shop is also first rate and the DuPont gallery is incredible. Lots to see and trails... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

While the rolling hills and landscape around Montpelier are simply beautiful, the tour is disappointing. Much of James Madison's personal effects have been lost over time so the rooms inside the mansion are sparsely decorated. The tour guide, while appearing expert in her knowledge of American history, provided way too much detail, completely misreading the interest level of her group... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was our first trip to the area and we enjoyed our time at Montpelier. We learned a great deal about James and Dolley. Our tour guide, Pat, was excellent. Don't miss this interesting part of our nation's history. We had lunch at a nearby eatery - Stonefire Kitchen. It was yummo!!!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a recent visit to Montpelier. The rolling farmland in the area makes for a beautifully scenic leisure drive. Because it was to be a brief stop on our way home from vacation, we were not sure if we wanted to take the time or pay the admission fee for the house tour. But we are... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Everyone visiting the Charlottesville area goes to Monticello. Most of them also go to Michie's Tavern and a fair amount also go to Monroe's place. They are all worth visiting, but Madison seems to have fallen into the cracks. He is really one of the most important persons in the formation of our country, in some ways even more important... More

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Strongsville, Ohio
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16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We so enjoyed Monticello, we decided to also take in James Madison's Montpelier, his lifelong home. The estate is massive and absolutely impressive. The friendly staff is well versed in the lives of the Madison family. The house has been extensively renovated back to the period with many original pieces fully intact throughout the mansion. The grounds are quite impressive... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This former residence (and estate) of President James Madison has the (largely) original structure of the manse and acres of grounds. Our tour guide for the house was excellent - very well informed and a fine speaker. The house itself is a work in progress, with rooms on the first floor largely renovated structurally but with little in the way... More

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