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Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
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+1 540-672-2728
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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James Madison's Montpelier probably needs a better press agent! This is a must see (despite being slightly harder to get to than Monticello). A great house and tour, and learned a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
los angeles, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We toured with our adult daughter and this tour ran hot then cold, then warm again. The tour discussing slavery was presented well by a young, dedicated historian who gave a strong representation of the issue. The mansion tour on the other hand was very disappointing -- the guide's expertise appeared to be related to the constitution and less about... More 

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los angeles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

James Madison's Montpelier probably needs a better press agent! This is a must see (despite being slightly harder to get to than Monticello). A great house and tour, and learned a lot about author of the Constitution.

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Awendaw, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

School history books do not describe the intelligence and importance of James Madison in the development of the U.S. Constitution as we learned in this 30 minute tour. Beautiful grounds, we went on a very cold day and did not get to enjoy the gardens but everything else was gorgeous.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time I've been to Montpelier. The first was close to 20 years ago prior to the house being restored to James Madison's time. I really want to take time to participate in the hands on learning with erecting a cabin on the site. Planning to go back soon in nice weather.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just walking through the beautifully restored home of our Fourth President and Father of our Constitution, James Madison, swells one with the pride of our nation. Just knowing that Dolley Madison risked her like during his Presidency to save the painting of George Washington and other artifacts in the White House before the British arrived to burn it down in... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully restored home of James Madison, with a great separate story and exhibits of its being the former property of the DuPont family, magnificent grounds that include a rare old-growth forest, also an active equestrian event venue, in one of the most beautiful natural locations in the world. Nice gift and book shop, grounds are open to the public (no... More 

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Kirkwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Montpelier in early spring, but it must be fabulous when everything is in bloom. The house was impressive and the docent was well informed. The site was less crowded than Monticello and every bit as interesting. If I was going to recommend a tour of presidents' residences, Montpelier is right up there with Jefferson's and Washington's homes. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a seasoned docent that knew lots of fun and interesting facts. Happened to be there on a beautiful day so we could walk around the property. Nice museum shop and small cafe for snacks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Montpelier a few years ago while staying in Charlottesville. We found it very interesting, maybe even more than Monticello!

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Lancaster, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the third of the presidential properties that my husband and I visited while in the Charlottesville area. We loved it and loved learning about the history behind the house and about James and Polley. The view of the property while driving up was gorgeous and made us excited for our visit. It was really neat to be able... More 

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