“Outdoors & Recreation in Orange, VA”
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 student groups throughout the year. Mansion tours are complemented by galleries, the Museum Shop, an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, gardens, 6+ miles of forest trails, and award winning BBQ 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, wich seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site.
One of the better "President's homes." You can buy tickets and check-in at the gift shop. The tour starts with a video giving a little background and then you begin the walking tour across the grounds and into the house. The tour guide we had was wonderful, very knowledgeable and fun. Once they have taken you through the main house you are set loose to explore some more, including the "basement" kitchens and slave quarters. They also have quite a few extra things going on around the grounds, including a period cooking demonstration, an archaeological dig site, and more. They have taken great care to restore this home to be an accurate portrayal of when Madison lived there.
Highlight: the view from Madison's library/study. Amazing, I can see how he was inspired to write the constitution from there!
It was wonderful to be able to explore this house and grounds. Beautiful and rich in history. Make sure to wonder around the grounds and you'll stumble upon the Madison Cemetery.
Our tour guide Russell was amazing. Very enjoyable and educational. Everything first class
Very beautiful grounds. Mainly walked around the gardens and enjoyed the scenery.
We loved the Dolley Madison tour! A good overview of Madison with a focus on the women in his life. Make sure you stop by the current archaeology site or the archaeology center as the archaeologists are great at answering questions and/or telling you about their work!
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