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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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as interesting as Monticello!

We took the Constitutional tour, and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the Constitution and James Madison. There is a room where you can view the construction details... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Teresa B
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We took the Constitutional tour, and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the Constitution and James Madison. There is a room where you can view the construction details of the house, and an archeological dig going on outside. The college student there was so excited to share her experiences finding things there. Beautiful drive there, past horse farms, and vineyards.

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This visit was most certainly worth the drive a little off our route. There is a great view of the house on top of the hill as you approach the home. The visitor center has a shop area and a small museum area with a few artifacts. Dolley Madison's engagement ring is on display there. There is also a cafe... More 

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North East, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We learned a lot of new information about Dolley Madison and James Madison. The drive there was very scenic. The grounds and home are lovely, the home being fully renovated back from the Dupont era and restored to the era of Madison. Excellent docents can answer all your questions about the historic property. If you have a membership with National... More 

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We came here the day after visiting Monticello and Ash Lawn Highland. The drive from Charlottesville was breathtaking and beautiful. We took the signature tour. Our tour guide, Joann was quite a fast talker and told us many fun details about the families who lived there in addition to James Madison, his wife Dolly and the writing of the constitution.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 718 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

After visiting George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, we couldn't wait to return to James Madison's Montpelier. The last time we were there, the decor resembled a 1920s speakeasy, a lot of red and green. The former owners, the duPonts, did a lot of positive things to preserve the property. But the new... More 

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Reedville, Virginia, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a beautiful estate, once inhabited by James and Dolly Madison and subsequently the DuPonts. It's been meticulously remodeled to be close to the way the Madisons had it. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the family and the house. Great gift shop.

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Mooresville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It’s a beautiful drive from Charlottesville to Montpelier. Use your navigation system to get near Montpelier, but follow the “James Madison’s Montpelier” signs once you get close to ensure you get to the right entrance. My navigation system would have had me turn down a road before I got to the main gate, I followed the property signs and had... More 

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Chili, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Took the Constitution tour (two hours and only $2 more than the one-hour tour). Our guide was most knowledgeable with what he had to say and answering our questions. One in our party said that this was the best of the tours we took (others being Jefferson's Monticello and Monroe's Ash Lawn Highlands), and it would be hard to disagree!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was definitely worth the trip. Montpelier is a beautiful home although not (at this moment) as complete as Monticello. We arrived early (9:45) and a Sunday morning and had no crowds even when we left by 2. It will be great when the restoration is done and more furniture and artwork are restored to the building. We had a... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

In the past ten years we have visited Montpelier five times. Each time has been a pleasure. The area is beautiful and the history fascinating and important. Our first few visits were really a lesson in archeology as we watched experts find, recover, and restore the original Madison house. It was buried inside several non-Madison additions and changes. Now the... More 

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