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James Madison's Montpelier

11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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so much to do and to see

in sight of the blue ridge mountains, tour the house and other areas of the property including the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Los Angeles, California
The Best of Tours

Wow!! The house tour was fantastic and our guide very knowledgeable. The highlight of Montpelier... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Reviewed 5 days ago

in sight of the blue ridge mountains, tour the house and other areas of the property including the walking trails, wear comfortable walking attire, very informative tour, many tours from which to select, choose based on your interests, watch horse/pony rides there on some occasions,...More

Thank ckarimi
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow!! The house tour was fantastic and our guide very knowledgeable. The highlight of Montpelier was because of our exceptional tour guide Sarah Lee who made this tour of Slavery come to life. She was FANTASTIC!! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to learn and...More

Thank gjohnson942
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited Veterans Day weekend. The “distinction of colour” exhibit featured an anti-police, black lives matter video rant that was showing police shooting videos and other propaganda based on lies. Really political. Really distasteful.

Thank Ken H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Madison was an afterthought. Wasn't he just some little guy who got to be president because he knew the right people? Wrong. (OK, he was a little guy, but . . .) He wrote the constitution. Essentially from his family home. The grounds are magnificent....More

Thank tonycpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and daughter took the house tour while I explored the expansive grounds with our toddler. Everyone was pleased with the amount of activities available for the entire family. On a warmer day, we could have easily spent the entire day exploring the trails...More

Thank AAATeamTravelers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I last visited Montpelier 10+ years ago when it had only recently been taken over by the National Trust after decades of ownership by the Dupont family. At that time, the tour consisted of walking through rooms that had been taken down...More

1  Thank Carol757
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting Monticello, include a stop at the nearby home of James Madison. Entry is half-price if you show a membership card for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There are several guided tour packages. I tried two, and both were excellent. Especially...More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place and the views are magnificent. Our tour guides were awesome and knowledgeable

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the day here and had a wonderful time. Even though our guided tour was a bit short and rushed we saw much of the house. The slavery exhibits in the basement were very moving and informative. We also did the walk through the...More

2  Thank Beanie140
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having also visited Mount Vernon and Monticello, I enjoyed Montpelier the most of the three. The tour guide was excellent - he went very in-depth into the history of the Constitution, and ended by pointing out the duty all American citizens have to follow Madison’s...More

1  Thank Micaela M
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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