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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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Excellent balance of the life and times

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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 6 days ago NEW

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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A pleasant drive from Charlottesville, the home of Jefferson's Monticello. The home itself is reconstructed back to what it was believed to look like after it was changed by the DuPont family. Some items belonged to Madison, some are simply from that time period. The entire home and grounds can be toured in 2 to 3 hours. The guide was... More 

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new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice tour and beautiful grounds. Visit the graves of the Madison's or watch the archeologists work. Worth the time.

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Mayfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although a lot of the furniture isn't original pieces, the house was restored to it's original state. Especially interesting to learn about the thought process of the Father of the Constitution in today's political climate. There's an architectural project going on behind the house where a lot of items are being recovered. Interesting to hear about Dolly Madison's life, as... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps better, certainly different, from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello a few miles away. Madison, father of the American constitution and writer of the Bill of Rights, has friendly home for tourists to visit: less crowded without tour buses disgorging multitude of tourists. There are talkative and eager archeologists on site to share their latest fines. Dolley Madison’s character comes through as... More 

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