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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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Very informative. Enjoyed the video and your round the house. Small cafe and gift shop lovely. Was interesting to see the history of the constitution. Being from Ireland it really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very informative. Enjoyed the video and your round the house. Small cafe and gift shop lovely. Was interesting to see the history of the constitution. Being from Ireland it really helped us understand.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is about a 40-minute drive from Monticello, you can visit them both in one day (I reserved tickets online at both locations to be assured I could tour them both on the same day). The guide was very informative and was able to answer all of the questions my group threw out to him. The building and grounds have... More 

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Montpelier a couple of times over the last few years as they were doing extensive renovations of the house. This was our first trip back after those were completed and the house looks great now that it has been returned to its look when the president and Mrs. Madison lived there. We took the house tour... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting James Madison's home, we learned so much about Madison and his role in VA and US history. The home has been restored to the time he lived there with wife Dolly and it is a treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit to the home of the Father of the Constitution. The three mile hike around the grounds was great and the mansion was interesting. The movie in the visitor center provided a nice, comprehensive overview of the Madison's and their home. Definitely going back in the fall to see the leaves.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We knew coming in that this would not be the same experience as we had at Monticello, but we were pleasantly surprised at what a great experience they have been able to put together in such a short period of time! The house, which had been heavily renovated by the DuPont family has been reconstructed to how it looked at... More 

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Marengo, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Montpelier today and were very impressed with the tour. It began with a 12 minute film that provided some background on the property and James and Dolly Madison. Our tour guide, JoAnn, was wonderful! She made it possible for us to envision life at Montpelier during the Madison's years there. Her discussion of Madison's selfless role in creating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were thinking there might not be enough time for this site but, we are so happy we made time. An amazing restoration of Maddison's generational home brought Bach from what the DuPont 's did to the historic house. At least the DuPont money paid to return it to original. Great guide and lots of gardens and out buildings to... More 

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Columbiaville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent, excellent tour!!! Guide was phenomenal. Seeing the archaeological dig was a plus! Overall valuable visit.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founding documents of the USA- hard to believe the two great architects came from rural Virginia! Better than Monticello in many ways! More of a tour of the home and the history of the house than what you see at Monticello! The home was in private ownership until recently and now part of preserving the Founding documents. Our tour guide... More 

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