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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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We went up there with 2 of our teenagers. With 45 min to kill before our entry time, we did the slave life tour which was really good. We met James Madison walking around and got... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went up there with 2 of our teenagers. With 45 min to kill before our entry time, we did the slave life tour which was really good. We met James Madison walking around and got a lot of info about the out buildings and archaeology digs happening on weekdays. Unlike Monticello, you can go upstairs. James was wiser than... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The home of the Father of the Constitution helped to fill out the picture of this founding father and his impact on our country today. The process of developing this relatively recent (80s) acquisition is still underway and you can watch the process and progress. Archaeologists are working on the grounds and more than willing to talk to visitors about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What an exciting day it was. Though maybe not as George Washington's Mount Vernon. Still all the bus enjoyed the trip, snacks, especially the tour and lunch at the Ducatd Winery! A pleasant day to experience the history and friendship of a family together. I narrated the history part of the trip on the bus. Assured bus driver of the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I took the $20 walking tour and loved it. I never understood the significance of Madison until this tour. Don't miss it. He truly was the father of the constitution. You will feel the era and walk away with an understanding of both he and Dolly.

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here the day AFTER visiting Minticello. Glad we visited after & picked up some history the day before. This was a delightful & wonderful stop! Our interpreters, Pat & Russel, were so incredibly knowledgeable and told the best stories. There were only 4 of us on Russell's slave tour & literally talked for 1.5 hours and gave us so... More 

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Greenwich, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While this house and grounds aren't as fancy as nearby Monticello, they are well worth a visit. We had a very interesting and knowledgeable guide. I would love to go back when they have finished building the domestic slave quarters to see the changes.

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King George, Va
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had not been in a few years. They had more furniture and the film was good. The guide was good. It was very nice to learn more about the man and his wife

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We revisited Montpelier after 20 years. It is wonderful. We saw Monticello the day before and it was great to see the similarities and differences between the two houses. Excellent tour guide. Visit the President Madison re-enactor if he is receiving visitors. He is very good. Stays well in character while delivering historical perspectives in an interesting way.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this stop! The home was beautiful as were the grounds. Loved the act that my children were able to do so many hands on things like making bricks! So much history and the guides were well informed and friendly. Highly recommend!

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Montpelier not knowing very much about James and Dolley Madison. Our docent was very knowledgeable and obviously admired the 4th President and his First Lady. The house has been restored to what it looked like when the Madison's retired. There were interesting stories about them and the slaves. We also walked through the formal garden and enjoyed seeing... More 

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