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James Madison's Montpelier

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Well maintained and interesting

Montpelier is a nice way to spend a few hours if out in the Culpepper area. The grounds are nicely... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Washington DC, District of Columbia

This site is not to be missed if you are in northern Virginia. The site has been meticulously... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Reviewed yesterday

Montpelier is a nice way to spend a few hours if out in the Culpepper area. The grounds are nicely maintained and the house looks great, inside and out. There is a cafeteria onsite with tasty food. Worth the stop.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site is not to be missed if you are in northern Virginia. The site has been meticulously researched and staged, and the tour offers an excellent window into the life and times of James Madison But perhaps even more exciting is the exhibit dedicated...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Russell, gave an excellent tour in the house and we could have listened to him for hours. Great information about a great man and the world he lived in! In the slave quarters they have descendants' recording telling their stories which was...More

Thank Carrie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful setting and home overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. We very much enjoyed the tour of the home with a very knowledgeable, funny, and pleasant fellow. It was restored beautifully and enjoyed learning about this very fascinating and brilliant president and his wife. Would definitely...More

Thank Sharon J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Madison house is stunning. The tour included both floors of the home. The tour of the exterior features, including the gardens and slave areas, is self-guided. The exhibits on slavery in the basement of the mansion...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Montpelier is a testament to the father of the Constitution. Having been once owned by the DuPont family, Montpelier had many changes done to it under their ownership.The last being Marion DuPont Scott. In 1983 she had bequeathed Montpelier to the National Trust for Historic...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting that the pillars are made of brick painted over with plaster. This place is pretty cool.

Thank Torcatt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is well restored and set up to show how Madison used the house for entertaining and his writing. The grounds including slave quarters are restored and this helps understand the status and role of slaves in the household and the plantation enterprise.

Thank Ran D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Home of James Madison, the father of the Constitution, and his wife Dolley. Excellent restoration of the mansion and gardens, ongoing work of archeological dig and restoration of slave quarters. My wife, adult daughter & I recommend the "Constitutional History" tour of the mansion even...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restoration of Montpelier is well done and the tour very informative. We had visited about 10 years ago viewing a shell of a home with exposed brick walls and plans for the future. The transformative was a pleasant surprise. The tour guide was very...More

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February 26, 2018|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest! Beginning March 27, Montpelier's grounds will be open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The first tour of the day will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the last tour of the day will begin at 4:15 p.m... More
Rickie D
February 23, 2018|
Response from WasOnce | Reviewed this property |
The tours are timed: you purchase a ticket for a specific start time. You begin with a movie in the Visitor Center, then walk to the house (5 minutes or so).The actual time in the house for the Signature Tour was a bit over... More
September 4, 2017|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Montpelier's grounds, gardens, and trails are free and open to the public daily during regular business hours. The cost for a guided house tour is $22/adults; $9/children 6-14; and free/children 5... More