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“Only the exterior is of interest” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Montpelier Mansion

Montpelier Mansion
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Laurel
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Columbia, Maryland
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Only the exterior is of interest”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

There is not much to see on the interior. The exterior of the house and the grounds are very attractive

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Laguna Niguel, California
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160 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Historical oasis, well done exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

As a kid growing up nearby, I had heard about Montpelier Mansion, but now I'm sorry I never made the time to visit. Montpelier Mansion may be surrounded by busy streets and strip malls, but once you are on the property it's like a trip back in time. My first thought was that Montpelier was reminiscent of Jefferson's Monticello, but on a much smaller scale. The house had very few owners and has been faithfully restored to what it would have looked like in 1800-1830. There are unusual rectangular sheets of wallpaper, original moulding, and lots of family furniture. The staff outfits the rooms as the family would have for each season, changing the draperies and even the fireplace accessories. I'd never seen a historic dining room complete with crumb cloths and dish basins. My children always chafed at tours of historic homes, but Montpelier would be a great one for kids. There's a hands on room with toys of the time and dress up clothes. Doing the self-guided tour with its informative booklet lets you go at your own pace to review the detailed information, which is repeated on displays in each room. The facility seems to be thriving with room rentals for events and weddings,and the Arts Center on the 70 acre site. We really enjoyed walking around the grounds, imagining the views down to the river, or carriages arriving at the door. There's an herb garden with picket fence, an ancient boxwood maze, and an octagonal playhouse, all great for taking photos.

Visited August 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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128 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Excellent Preservation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

This is another hidden jewel where you don't expect it. Granted, the tour fee is a little high, but I'm sure there's not a lot of grant money pouring in. Tour fees are what keeps the doors open. Although the architecture is interesting and the history of great interest, we enjoyed the tour of the kitchen facility (hardly up to our standards, of course), the primitive cooking tools which were probably the state of the art in those days. There's also an exhibit of the timeline of the area which is also quite interesting.

Combine this with Pasta Plus in Laurel right around the corner and it's a great time.

Visited June 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

It was a lovely tour but way overpriced. Staff was very well informed and interesting.

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edgewater, maryland
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“Montpelier Mansion - A Must See Historic Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

Montpelier is a beautiful Georgian mansion built by Thomas Snowden for his wife Ann Ridgely Snowden, approximately 1781-1783.
The architecture is a wonderful example of the Georgian style, with it's symmetry. The house is built with brick produced on the property and laid in a Flemish Bond pattern.
The inside of the house has been been beautifully maintained and restored. The rooms that were "public" rooms in the house have amazing moulding, dental work, and cornice detail completed in both wood and plaster.
Most all of the rooms in the house on the first and second floor are open to visitors and are furnished with pieces of the period in time when the house would have been occupied by the Snowdens. Even the floor coverings, drapes, and wall colors are true to the period.
If you get an opportunity to go on a Sunday, as we did, there are guided tours and our docent was very knowledable about the Snowden family, details of the construction of the house, furnishings, and the full history of the house to the current time.
Unfortunaely there was a thunder storm while we were visiting so we did not get an opportunity to explore the grounds, and garden, or get a good view of the front of the house. We will be going back to see the things we missed.
There is also a series of displays in the "carriage house": one is a room set up as a colonial kitchen, but we missed the rest of the display because of the rain.
There is a small fee for touring the house - $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. A bargain.

Visited August 2011
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