Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution.”
James Madison spent months in his library at Montpelier researching past democracies to create the Constitution of the United States. This monumental document solidified the young nation and still ensures the liberties and freedoms we cherish today. Visit Montpelier to tour his home, stroll the grounds, and learn about our fourth president, James Madison, and the woman who defined the role of “First Lady,” Dolley Madison.
The newly restored estate features the Madison home, historic buildings, exhibits, on-going archaeological digs, gardens, forests, hands-on activities, a new visitor center, and a freedman’s cabin and farm. Curators are busy, regularly adding new furnishings, art, and personal artifacts that belonged to James and Dolley Madison. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, also known as the “Second War of Independence.” As president, James Madison declared war on Britain by the procedures stated in the newly ratified Constitution, which allowed democracy and citizen’s rights to remain intact even in a time of war. Montpelier commemorates this anniversary with a special exhibit that opened in June, 2012.
Montpelier is just 2 hours south of Washington, DC, and 30 minutes north of Charlottesville on Rt. 20 in Orange, VA.
Visit Montpelier to collect your passport stamp.