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Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Phone Number:
+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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4th Founding Father's Home Visit This Year

We just toured James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier and it capped off our visits to four of the Founding Fathers' estate visits over the last few months. It's an easy drive from... read more

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We just toured James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier and it capped off our visits to four of the Founding Fathers' estate visits over the last few months. It's an easy drive from the greater DC area (about 2 hours). Back in the day, it took 3-4 days to reach Alexandria! The home was built not far from Madison's birthplace, Mount... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a pleasant winding drive to reach the Visitor's Center of James and Dolly Madison's home where you can purchase your tickets when you first arrive. There are discounts for National Trust members, military and seniors. The day we visited, children were admitted free as part of a holiday promotion. There is a nice gift shop with a variety... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just south of Orange and about 45 minutes north of Charlottesville, Montpelier is a significant site for understanding the early days of the American Republic. In the home of James and Dolley Madison, the visitor guide promises an introduction to the "Father of the Constitution, "Architect of the Bill of Rights" and "America's First Lady" in one visit. The house... More 

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Solon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Last year I had the opportunity to visit the home and grave of the Father of the Constitution, one of the half dozen greatest of our Founding Fathers. This is at least an all day event which requires a lot of walking if you do it thoroughly. If you are in good health you should be able to cover everything... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited four homes of former presidents (Mt Vernon, Monticello and the Hermitage). This was by far, our family favorite. My four children ranged in age from 8-14. When we left, they all said (unprompted) that it was really interesting. Our tour guide, Joyce, was fantastic! Had such a knowledge of the house and the Madisons and had a way... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved visiting this President's renovated house with the signature tour. Exciting that there are several different tours, so I can visit again and gain a new perspective and dimension, which I will.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose today for our tour because they were offering a "Family Friendly Tour" (free admission for children). Everyone in our group loved it and our tour guide was wonderful. The tour took a little over an hour, but the tour was so good the time didn't affect the kids. We even took a few minutes to walk around the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We spent the day here and did not have time for the trails. The home is beautifully restored. We attended two tours- the slave tour and the house tour. Both guides took their time, gave a lot of history and encouraged questions. The grounds/gardens/views are beautiful.

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Carroll County, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Don't forget this place. Make the time if you're doing Monticello too even if they are about an hour apart. Read other posts on what it's like. I'll add the practical side. There is a lot of walking. A LOT. Be prepared. You can purchase food and drinks onsite.

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Round Hill, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

We arrived at Montpelier and where surprised to find a beautiful Welcome Center. There is a museum shop with lots of books and items for sale, a cafe, and a theatre. To start the tour one views a wonderful movie about the history of Montpelier in the theatre. Then you walk over to the mansion where you are greeted by... More 

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