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James Madison's Montpelier

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Address: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Phone Number: 540-672-2728
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic home and burial site of James Madison and his wife Dolly.

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If you like history this is worth a visit

The docents here are terrifically interesting. It was a wonderful visit. We will go back again next time we visit. The site of the house is gorgeous and everything is very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The docents here are terrifically interesting. It was a wonderful visit. We will go back again next time we visit. The site of the house is gorgeous and everything is very well restored & documented. This is not a place to bring someone who can't walk some distance or is in a wheelchair. If you are at all interested in... More 

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Wayzata
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We recently had the opportunity to visit James Madison's home in Orange VA. Madison essentially drafted the U.S. constitution and the Bill of Rights, so the information and exhibits at the visitor center are essential US history. The exterior of the home has been completely renovated, but they are currently restoring the interior with a recent $$ 10 million grant... More 

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Port Orchard, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This house of course is the home of the man called the father of our Constitution. The grounds are vast. They include a race track put in by one of the former owners. I was surprised by the fact the estate went into financial ruin after Mr. Madison passed away. It passed from owner to owner and eventually sat vacant... More 

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Georgetown TX
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Like the tour guide kept saying, come back in a few years. Very early in the restoration process. Expensive for what is there right now. Not much to see other than the house and grounds, WHICH ARE NOT COMPLETED.

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Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I loved this place, especially the grounds and garden. You can visit the home of James Madison and enjoy the splendid architecture. Only about 30 minutes from Monticello. In his study, you can see ink stains where he spilled ink while writing some of the important papers that helped shape the United Stated of America. Very nice sculpture as well.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Montpelier is the meticulously restored estate of former president and first lady James and Dolly Madison. The grounds are attractive, with nothing to be seen but green fields and forests. The mansion has been restored to how it looked when the Madisons lived there, which involved removing the additions from the DuPont family. It is grand in its restored 1820s... More 

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Bayville, New Jersey
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Aside from the beautiful grounds and building, the Constitution tour is very informative, especially concerning Madison's involvement. Its a long tour so be prepared to stand for a while. If your more interested in the architecture and appointments, this may not be the tour for you because although it talked some about it, the main focus is the Constitution. The... More 

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Charlestown, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had Mike Marvaso as our excellent guide through the home of James Madison, 4th President of the United States. This docent knew so much background concerning James Madison's life, education, and preparation, that the tour really made those long-ago days in that house come alive. He imparted such a volume of information that was so interesting and gave a... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Beautiful restoration of the property and very interesting history. Still acquiring furniture for the house. Impressive visitor's center and film. We attended during the annual wine festival in May - lots of fun!

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Lorton, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The historical restoration of Montpelier is beautifully done, the tour was excellent and informative, and the gift shop was lovely.

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