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Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
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 adult and student groups seven days a week. House tours are complemented by walking tours, galleries, the Museum Shop, an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, gardens, 8+ miles of forest trails, and award-winning food 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 and is a National Trust Historic Site. Montpelier is a monument to James Madison, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison's most powerful idea: government by the people.

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Must see for US History

I find Montpelier more enlightening than Jefferson's Monticello, though admittedly my bias is as a teacher of AP Government courses and while Jefferson did many great things, his... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2015
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

I find Montpelier more enlightening than Jefferson's Monticello, though admittedly my bias is as a teacher of AP Government courses and while Jefferson did many great things, his lack of humility may have been as great as any of his accomplishments. I've had 6+ tours of Madison's house and everyone has been great. While you need about 90 minutes minimum,... More 

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Vernon, CT
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Reviewed November 20, 2015

Out of the presidential homes in the area, Montpelier was my favorite. The tour was engaging and informative, and you get to see a lot of rooms. The home is also under the process of being returned to the state it was in while the Madison's lived there, and the tour guides are very knowledgeable about the changes that have... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed November 19, 2015

I had the opportunity work shoulder to shoulder with archaeologists at Montpelier in their Excavation Expedition program. It was one of the best experiences that I have had. The staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. You not only get to excavate, but you also receive tours of several sites on the property and get a chance to work in... More 

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Johnson City TN
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Reviewed November 16, 2015

Montpelier was the home of our fourth president, a forty minute drive north of Charlottesville, VA. A sonic drive to reach a beautiful home and history lesson of James and Dolly Madison. Begin in the picture gallery, cafe and gift shop before viewing a 12 minute film and then visit the home which is a short walk with a very... More 

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Thornton, Colorado
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Reviewed November 13, 2015

Our family started out our tours of Presidential estates with Montpelier, so that set the bar very high. The tour was very thorough and interactive, even for our kids (9 &12). The grounds were just gorgeous and spacious. We were able to wander around and spend as much time touring.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

beautiful location and all around good time. Tom our tour guide was very personal and informative. Including video, tour lasted over an hour. There is a large visitor center and extra gallery which was "manned" by a lovely Christine who could tell you all about the other previous owners the DuPonts. Tour cost $14 but I got in free for... More 

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed November 10, 2015

This is a great place to visit, even though it is out of the way. It is a bit more than a half an hour from I64 and Charlottesville. This beautiful site is located in sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is atop a hill as part of over 2600 acres. Start the visit with the Visitor Center and... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed November 8, 2015

A recent addition to the Presidential homes, it was a DuPont Family estate until about 10 years ago, I was here twice recently; once in June with a group of friends who each year tour civil war battlefield sites, and again in August when my 10 year old and I were on a trip to visit Presidential home. We signed... More 

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Reviewed November 8, 2015

This was probably the most interesting of the homes of the early US Presidents that we visited on this trip (also Mount Vernon, Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland), and certainly had the best, most knowledgeable guide. Our guide was extraordinarily informative. The home of the great intellectual of the Independence period is in a lonely, rural spot on scenic Route 20... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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Reviewed November 6, 2015

We have visited Monticello and Ash Lawn–Highland (home of James Monroe) but have never visited Madison's home. Being he was the primary author of our Constitution coupled with our interest in American history, we set off to see this plantation. We weren't disappointed. The home is smaller by far than Jefferson's Monticello; however, it still sits on 5,000 acres and... More 

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