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James Madison's Montpelier

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Jeff M wrote a review Nov 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia37 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour guide was awesome! She was very animated and invested! They didn’t shy away from slavery at the plantation. They have an extensive trail system. They are updating the out buildings. Overall worth the 2 to 3 hours.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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MGB_Travels wrote a review Nov 2020
Chicago, Illinois11 contributions
During a long weekend in Orange, VA we took the outdoor walking tour of Montpelier. During the 1-hour tour we learned much about James, and Donny, Madison, Montpelier Estate, and the US Constitution. The tour guide was very informative and interactive. This is a great place to visit to both enjoy the setting and to learn history.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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ObjectiveTruth13 wrote a review Nov 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia97 contributions52 helpful votes
My wife and I like to do things around the DC region (actually worldwide, since we have traveled extensively,,, 85 countries at last count). Today we decided to do the private tour of Montpelier (just 2h15 drive from DC), which is kind of pricey ($350 for up to 6 people), but we don't mind the cost for something worthwhile and to help sustain the Foundation. We really loved the visit. Our private guide Kyle was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting, giving deep insights into the personalities, history, and involvement of 4th US Pres James Madison in writing the Federalist Papers and the Constitution of the United States, perhaps one of the most remarkable documents ever written. Kyle is on staff and he really knows his stuff! If you visit, do a little reading beforehand, and don't miss the 3 films at the visitors center. Well done. With thanks also to philanthropist David Rubenstein whose generous contribution funded extensive restorations of the site.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Tracy M wrote a review Nov 2020
Wexford, Pennsylvania207 contributions53 helpful votes
Even though Montpelier is about a 45 minute drive from Charlottesville, it is well worth the effort to get there! We thoroughly enjoyed our guided outdoor tour and our walk around the grounds. The tour guide was very informative and shared Madison's roles in helping to shape the US Constitution. Understandably, the house itself was not open due to COVID-19 protocols.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Bob wrote a review Oct 2020
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You can pay $25 for a guided tour of Montpelier, or $10 for "grounds access." Given that they closed the main attraction, the mansion, because of covid, (even thought Mount Vernon and Monticello are open) you would think the $10 would be the smarter buy, but I would disagree. IIN HINDSIGHT, I WOULD NOT PAY FOR EITHER. The grounds access, allows you to walk around the property. Sure, there are pretty trails and scenic walks, but you can get something similar for free elsewhere. Now, they do have signage and placards around the grounds to tell some of the Madison's story, but the signs are VERY faded, worn, or dilapidated, so they are almost worthless. The tour of the grounds, without access to the mansion, was also a total bust. My tour guide was the head of archeology, so I thought it would be great, but it was not. Nearly 50 minutes into the tour that is supposed to last an hour, much of the time was spent on everything else besides James Madison, who is the REASON people visit. The guide talked about the history of the visitors center, the science of archeology, the slave cemetery, slavery, economy of the 18th century, James Madison's ancestors, the slaves of Montpelier, the owners of Montpelier after Madison, and others. When he took us near James Madison's grave (40 yards away), he talked about it, but took the tour elsewhere. At that point, I gave up on the tour. I walked to the tomb myself and then I went to watch the movies at the visitors center, which are shown only at certain times during the day. The movies were barely adequate, and they gave a disproportionate focus on why white males are bad. So, if you want to pay tribute, learn about, and honor the life of the man responsible for the Bill of Rights, then drive up, park, and walk to his grave yourself because you certainly will not get that from the services that the current foundation provides.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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