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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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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited Montpelier in August. We took the house tour. It was a very interesting place. The grounds are beautiful and they have a great app you can download to learn all about the grounds. Here's a tip - if you belong to the National Trust for Historic Preservation you get 50% off your admission and 10% off any purchases... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Montpelier is only about 45 minutes or less from Charlottesville and worth the trip as there is so much history here. I would suggest you sign up for one of their tours and then walk through the museum while you wait for your tour. The guides are a wealth of knowledge and we left with a new appreciation for James... More

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The second story library at Montpelier is the birthplace of our constitution as Madison did his study and research on forms of democratic government here before going to the Philadelphia convention. It was inspiring to be in that room even just briefly, to see the simplicity of it, and to appreciate the enormity of his contribution he made in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had an excellent person, Garnet Stevens, that gave the tour. Garnet patiently answered every question that my 5 yr old had asked. Montpelier does not have as many visitors as Monticello so you get to spend a bit more time delving into the history of the Madisons and the place. Montpelier and the surroundings are very serene and well... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Montpelier is fascinating, because it is a work in progress. You can watch archeological teams digging up artifacts to better understand what Montpelier was like during the time that James and Dolley Madison resided there. The archeologists are happy to tell you about what they are looking for, what they are finding, and how it is leading to a better... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We only arrived at Montpelier to catch the last tour of the day, but it was absolutely fantastic. Our tour guide really helped to make the history of the house come to life. I learned things about both James and Dolly Madison that I never knew before and I wish I had had more time to explore everything there was... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

When you normally think Virginia, you think of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. As a Virginian I have visited this site many times and overlooked, until recently, the home of James Madison. I urge anyone in the Charlottesvile area not to over look this gem. Madison who was responsible for the constitution, the first ten amendments and much more is brought... More

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Westminster, Maryland
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24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

See the results of the recent major restoration, including ongoing archaeology and other forensic history. The Madison family story comes alive in this spectacular setting.Portions of the DuPont mansion period have been preserved as well, but do not overpower the Madison history. One and two hour tours are available and are well worth it. You can explore the grounds and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a beautiful landscape and home housed by our dear President Madison. The history cries from the walls of this beautiful estate which has only been open to the public since the '70's when it was donated to the people of America by previous owners. Our tour guide was so versed in Madison's political philosophies and family history that the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After visiting Monticello, we traveled to Madison's home and were equally impressed with the estate and the beautiful rolling hills! This tour was as impressive as Monticello but very hard to listen when there are people asking the silliest questions. Try to make your inquiries worth everyone's time.

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