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James Madison's Montpelier

11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Wonderful history lesson.

Beautiful site and a great deal of history displayed. It really drives home the role James Madison... read more

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I really wanted to give Montpelier 5 stars but I couldn't. When I arrived at 10:20am on a... read more

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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 the permanent exhibition "The Mere Distinction of Colour"; walking tours; galleries; the Museum Shop; the Madison family and slave cemeteries; an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites; formal 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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  • Average3%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful site and a great deal of history displayed. It really drives home the role James Madison had in writing the nation's Constitution. He was not in good health a good period of his life but his intellect was outstanding. Dolley Madison had a role...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted to give Montpelier 5 stars but I couldn't. When I arrived at 10:20am on a Saturday, the place was chaotic and when I went to get my ticket I was informed that I would have to wait for the 11am tour as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Montpelier was more than just seeing the home of our fourth president. The house tour guided us through the years and the accomplishments of James and Dolley Madison. The tour also touches on the slaves and the lives they lived. I felt this took...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were impressed by the knowledge level of the docents. Often times you visit a historic place such as this and the guides are just going through the motions. This was not the case at Montpelier, the staff were engaged with the visitors and seemed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arranged a tour of the house and several classroom activities for our group...we split into older student and younger student tours. Both guides were excellent, engaging, and knowledgeable. The grounds are beautiful....as is the drive to Montpelier. I highly recommend planning a tour, to...More

Thank Jen R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though the rain curtailed full exploration of this lovely estate, we thoroughly enjoyed the informative house tour. Our guide was really exceptional and we learned so much. We never felt rushed. Expensive, but worth every penny. Lovely gift shop. Shame the cafe was closed.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here in early September and the weather was nice, but a bit warm. Didn't know much about Madison, but certainly learned a lot about him during our visit. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provide us with many details about the president and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour of Montpelier. The grounds were lovely and the graveyard was interesting to walk through, trying to piece together family relations. Our guide was very bubbly and energetic while leading us through the home. We got a lot of great information about...More

Thank Tara L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful grounds, very nice house. Definitely historically important, and worth a visit. Why only 2 points? The tour. We went on the "family friendly" tour, intended for families with children. Our guide was pleasant, good with the kids, and absolutely obsessed with the fact that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our recent visit to James Madison's Montpelier did not disappoint. We took the basic Signature Tour which included a 12-minute introductory film followed by a 45-minute tour of the house. Our guide, Ruth, was excellent. She brought both James and Dolly Madison alive for us...More

Thank Charlotte P
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5 September 2017|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Montpelier's grounds, gardens, and trails are free and open to the public daily during regular business hours. The cost for a guided house tour is $22/adults; $9/children 6-14; and free/children 5... More
16 January 2017|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Dogs on leashes are welcome on the grounds and gardens of Montpelier. We also have several miles of trails that are free and open to the public every day during business hours; bring your dog with you for a walk! However... More
Matthew R
9 July 2016|
Response from Mrsleon2007 | Reviewed this property |
When we visited there was an archeology team working