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Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Phone Number: +1 540-672-2728
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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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It is well worth the trip!

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... read more

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first, but certainly not our last trip, to Moutpelier. What started as a frontier home morphed into the stately home of James and Dolley Madison. The tour was fascinating. We learned so much about James, Dolley, the founding fathers, and how they influenced and were influenced by their place in history. James may be my new favorite... More 

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Syracuse, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first of the presidential houses we visited on a trip to Virginia and it did not disappoint! We took the Constitution tour, which focused on Madison's influence in the Constitution and his thoughts and beliefs that shaped it. The tour was fascinating and the guides were so knowledgeable. The house is historically renovated to the time when... More 

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Kitzmiller, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Montpelier for the first time. It was a wonderful tour of the house. Our guide was engaging and funny. We learned so much about who James and Dolley were. We would have loved to have more time/better weather to explore the grounds more. We would definitely come back and spend more time here.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The docents and the staff are knowledgable and know how to make history a great story. They help you see the details of life of an extremely important man, but you end up feeling like you knew him. What a wonderful job the restoration is, and the grounds are simply amazing too, if you just want to walk around surrounded... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live an hour away from Montpelier but never took the time to visit. We finally decided to visit to take advantage of free admission for veterans for Veteran's Day. I wish we not have waited! The day was beautiful and the drive there is very scenic, especially with the leaves changing and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, let me say I may have picked the wrong day to go to Montpelier. When I showed up to visit I was unaware that it was the day of the Montpeliler Hunt Races, which attracts quite a crowd. The house and grounds were still open to visitors, so I did enjoy the trip, even though I might not have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were at the Montpelier Horse Races, and toured the house. Our previous visit, no furnishings to speak of. This visit, very well-done period rooms on the first and second floors. Very little original furniture, but lots of artifacts to see. You get a feel for the house as a living structure. House is redone to its Madison period, meaning... More 

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