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“On its way to being a great attraction” 4 of 5 stars
Review of James Madison's Montpelier

James Madison's Montpelier
11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
540-672-2728
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Historic home and burial site of James Madison and his wife Dolly.
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“On its way to being a great attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

As others have stated, this is currently still being refurbished. But don't let that deter you - this was much more interesting than I was expecting, especially after visiting Monticello. The grounds are beautiful - there are miles of walking trails. If you're in the area and have some time, come early and take a nice walk. The tour guide was excellent and was able to answer every question asked of him. They have several archeological digs going on and they are very friendly to talk to.

Visited September 2013
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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“If you love history, you must visit Montpelier.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The staff is friendly and welcoming, the grounds are immaculate, and the house is historically accurate to Mr. Madison's retirement period. You start your visit at the Visitor's Center, where the informative introductory film is shown, then follow a path to the House itself. The last time we were at Montpelier, the inside of the house was undergoing restoration, so to be able to see the final product in its finished state was exciting. Our guide was able to tell us many interesting details of the Madisons and Mr. Madison's contributions to our country, and there were exhibits on the second floor that, sadly, we did not have time to see. The kitchen area under the house was also open, but again, there were time constraints, so I can't speak to the exhibits there.The Madisons are buried on the property, and you are able to walk there to pay your respects. A beautiful Fall day, an opportunity to visit the amazing home of one of our very important Founding Fathers, and staff who are glad to see you. What more can a visitor ask?

Visited October 2013
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tarrytown new york
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Presidential home in VA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A beautiful old house that Madison lived in for his whole life. Less busy than Monticello. smaller group, wonderful tour guide.

Visited September 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Excellent study although underdeveloped.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I found Montpelier to be quite interesting and reflective of James Madison's life and time. The main mansion has been restored to the scale that it was under Madison and half is roughly half furnished. They still got a long way to go. The grounds were well kept, thank goodness that the cemetery isn't fenced off like Monticello and it quite pretty out there, horse country.

The only major downside is that you can't take any photos inside the house. That is too bad but that is the rules, eh?

The tour was bit pricey but interesting and informative. They are quite weak in the War of 1812 stuff but I am sure more is on the way. Too bad that his library hasn't been furnish yet since that will give us some fantastic insight on how Madison formatted the Constitution.

Overall, a great place to visit and well worth your time.

Visited September 2013
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lakewood,ohio
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“Not Complete”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Great visitors' center. The mansion is sited on rolling land with a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge mountains. Dolly Madison was broke after James died and sold most of their personal possessions. The restoration team is trying to locate some of them. I gave our visit to Montpelier an average rating based on the lack of original furnishings/possessions in the mansion. Among other items, the visitors' center displays Madison's personal letters and Dolly's engagement? wedding? ring. Some TA contributors complained about the cost of admission. We didn't mind paying, thinking that the fee will assist the restoration process. Our tour guide got an A+ and round of applause from our group. He was fantastic and made the price of admission well worth it. We all owe a great deal to James Madison and the other Founding Fathers. Come to his home, stand in the room where he penned most of the Constitution and view the ink stained floor. It is so thrilling-even without one stick of furniture in it.

Visited September 2013
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