We visited Montpelier last Fall, and loved it! Unlike a lot of historical house museums, Montpelier was truly an educational experience. Having been in the duPont family for generations, much of the original structure had completely changed since Madison's time. But, the mansion is now undergoing a breathtaking restoration, where all of the duPont additions are being stripped away, and the house is being returned to its orginal Madison-era. The detective work being done is incredible, and the tour casually takes you through how professionals have uncovered some amazing things within the structure's walls. The visitor's center was also delightful, with several priceless Madison family items held within. The gardens were gorgeous, and the other sites on the property, like Gilmore's cabin were quite interesting. Although unfurnished and under investigation, the educational opportunities afforded by this property are unmatched, and I highly recommend a visit. There are plenty of other things to do in the area, too--the little town of Orange is quaint, and has several great places to eat, and lots of historic buildings. Wineries are nearby, as well as two other presidential mansions--Monticello and Ash-Lawn Highlands. Day trips can take you into Charlottesville, Staunton, Fredericksburg, or Culpeper, all of which are worth visiting.
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