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Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Phone Number: 15406722728
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the...

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year. Mansion tours are complemented by galleries, the Museum Shop, an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, gardens, 6+ miles of forest trails, and award winning BBQ at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Located 25 miles north of Charlottesville and 4 miles south of historic Orange on Route 20, Constitution Highway. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation, wich seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site.

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Wonderful tour of the restore home of the Father of the Constitution and America's 1st lady

Decided to visit Montpelier after reading "Founding Gardeners", an excellent book about the Founding Fathers, their estates, and how their ideas shaped American agriculture. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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McKean, PA
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McKean, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Decided to visit Montpelier after reading "Founding Gardeners", an excellent book about the Founding Fathers, their estates, and how their ideas shaped American agriculture. The home of James and Dolley Madison is carefully restored to reflect how it looked during the "Presidential" period. We took the mansion tour which started at the large Visitor Center which housed a cafe, museum... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The house and grounds of James and Dolly Madison are lovely. The tour guide was very well informed and friendly. They have an ongoing archeology dig in progress as well.

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Montpelier, James Madison's lovely home. Worth the trip. The tour guide was just wonderful and filled with lots of tidbits and gossip of him and his time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to learn about the fourth president of the Untied States. An in depth tour will help you understand his contributions as the father of the constitution. As an added bonus you can learn and tour the visitors center section that shows you the timeframe and artifacts from when the DuPont family owned the grounds including a horse... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was impressed with the film, the tour guide and the detail which has gone into an authentic presentation of Madison's life and his contribution to our way of life. I am thankful for those who have restored the original layout of the mansion and for the attention to detail to make sure we knew what was original in each... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Six of us visited James Madison's Montpelier on a mild August day, 8/22/16. Our daughter was introducing her 2 children to Virginia history. The property was well maintained. The receptionist in the Welcome Center was pleasant and helpful. There were outside tables in front of the food court and picnic tables out back. There was a short introductory movie then... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We tried to fit this tour in at the end of the day and should have arrived earlier. Very knowledgeable tour guide and very willing to answer all questions. If you don't know how important James and Dolly Madison were to our country, you will by the end of this visit. Allow more than three hours to tour the entire... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Montpelier has recently been restored to its state during the Madison years. The tour focuses on the Madisons (mainly James and Dolly); details about the house are secondary. Most of what you see on the tour is reconstructed, as a prior owner had significantly expanded the home after Madison's time. The tour begins with a video, and a lengthy walk... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our tour was both educational and funny. We did the Constitution focused tour and our guide was hilarious. There are several self guided paths you can take, (gardens, Madison family graveyard, etc..) The cafe was expensive though. We paid $4.33 for two cans of Coke. But the tour of the house was fun..

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and tour of this historical property. Particularly liked the uncrowded tour we had with knowledgeable guide.

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