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James Madison's Montpelier

11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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So peaceful

If a weekend in May is typical, Montpelier is much less crowded than Monticello. Not set on a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kirbyk
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Virginia
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The uncrowded Founding Father's home

As I live in Alexandria and attended school in Charlottesville, I have been to famous Mt. Vernon... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brendan S
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Arlington, Virginia
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If a weekend in May is typical, Montpelier is much less crowded than Monticello. Not set on a mountaintop either so the rolling hills and grounds are all the more beautiful. The standard tour is way too short. Plan to spend time walking around on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As I live in Alexandria and attended school in Charlottesville, I have been to famous Mt. Vernon and Monticello multiple times, but this was my first trip to Montpelier. One major difference is that while the other two were crowded with visitors, there were only...More

Thank Brendan S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Montpelier is a must see. We have been to Monticello 3 times and decided to visit James Madison's home while this time in Charlottesville. Good history lessons.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have taken our children to Mount Vernon, Monticello, so today we added Montpelier to our list of President’s homes we have toured. Far less busy than both mount Vernon and Monticello we arrived early and it was so quiet and peaceful!! We took the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just down the road from Monticello and sometimes overlooked is Jefferson's good friend Jame Madison's plantation. While on a smaller scale than Monticello a terrific job has been done getting Montpelier to look and feel as it did in Madison's time and the house tour...More

Thank Cindy T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The home is magnificent. Wonderful and informative tour. It was a rainy day but there was a crowd to see this home. We enjoyed it greatly.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the next stop on our plantation tour. Really great place. The visitor center was nice, with a small gallery next store. In it were two rebuilt rooms from the mansion. The mansion tour was great, our our guide was very knowledgeable. Informative museum...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Highland, Montpelier and Highland in the same weekend. It was a very good place to visit. There is a lot of history and a lot of information on the site. Great for history fans and casual history fans alike. Better than highland, but...More

Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traveling across Virginia and saw it was close so wanted to catch a piece of US history. I was on a time crunch so missed the tour of the inside of the mansion. Touring the grounds is free and worth the walk around. Lots of...More

Thank Andy M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house tour of the Madison's is much more relaxed and laid back than the cattle drive feeling of Monticello. Our tour was made much more special by the knowledge and enthusiasm of Sara Lee, the guide. Try to get on one of her tours....More

Thank Philip W
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MAWMOM
27 February 2018|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest! Beginning March 27, Montpelier's grounds will be open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The first tour of the day will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the last tour of the day will begin at 4:15 p.m... More
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Rickie D
24 February 2018|
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Response from WasOnce | Reviewed this property |
The tours are timed: you purchase a ticket for a specific start time. You begin with a movie in the Visitor Center, then walk to the house (5 minutes or so).The actual time in the house for the Signature Tour was a bit over... More
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donnaseay58
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
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