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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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Great visit, great tour

Went to visit after going to Monticello. Such a contrast in buildings. Good film about Madison and his contribution to our country and then the tour of his home. Sadly, most of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
JohninStPete
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Went to visit after going to Monticello. Such a contrast in buildings. Good film about Madison and his contribution to our country and then the tour of his home. Sadly, most of the original furnishings are gone but the docent explained it all beautifully and made it come alive. Perhaps it's a little off the usual tourist route but certainly... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Plan to spend a few hours. They have a number of tours available and a file to watch before your tour. Then you can freely walk the grounds and see the gardens and beautiful trees, landscaping and Dupont exhibit. The gift shop is very nice...not your typical gift shop. We did the basic one hour tour and the guide was... More 

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Bergen County, NJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and teen-age son visited recently on our way to Harrisonburg (we figured we should see the home of my other son's university's namesake -- JMU). We were very pleasantly surprised and learned a great deal about a great historical figure. The grounds were beautiful, as was the mansion, though that is still a work in progress. The docent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Authentic, we had an excellent tour guide, Michael ...heart in his knowledge of the period and very engaging with the tour. Great Visit.

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40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A nice drive from DC area, passing through the Civil War battlefields of Chancellorsville and Wilderness. The grounds were lovely with walking trails. We watched the movie and then walked about 1/4 mile to the house. A guide took us from area to area explaining some of the renovations and history of the house. I was more interested in the... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Easy to find and a spacious parking lot. The Visitor's Center seems new. I could not find any coupons online but it is still worth the full price. After you get your tickets, you will watch an orientation film about the history of Montpelier. Then you will follow a path up to the house where a guide will greet you... More 

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Southport, NC, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a must see for anyone interested in the foundation of American democracy. Everything is done is a most efficient and interesting manner. We loved the tour of the mansion and the docent was one of the best we've had on any visit, anywhere. The docent was extremely knowledgeable (I deeply regret not remembering his name). The entire area... More 

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State College, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

First time visiting James & Dolly Madison's Montpelier plantation because it was privately owned by the Dupont family until the late 1980s, and the restoration to the original house plans wasn’t completed until 2008. Another interesting historic place to spend several hours soaking up the significant impact on our country by a great man (and his equally great wife!) In... More 

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Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

You pass by a train depot before entering a gate to cross over the tracks to go to the home. The view looking at the home and from the home's front porch is spectacular. Really nice giftshop, exhibits and the video was very interesting. The Visitor center has a separate wing about the DuPont family, but I was there for... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great house tour, we chose the one with emphasis on The Constitution. We had visited more than a decade ago when the restoration was just beginning. What changes! The Visitor's Center was nice as there is no place close by to eat (plan to spend at least $10-12 per person). Archeologists were great and we're very good at letting us... More 

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