Montpelier was the home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and his wife, Dolley, who came to define the role of America’s First Lady.
Visit Montpelier to learn how James and Dolley Madison lived, worked and entertained at their beloved home. Discover the styles, characters and accomplishments of America’s first power couple and step into the library where James Madison penned the Virginia Plan, which became the foundations of the U.S. Constitution we know and cherish today.
The recently restored estate features the Madison home, Mr. Madison’s iconic temple, active archaeological digs, formal gardens, forest trails, hands-on activities for children and sites that illustrate the arc of African American history. Visitor Center amenities include the Museum Shop, Courtyard Café, restrooms and galleries which host rotating exhibits of the Madisons’ personal effects, rare documents and other special collections.
Montpelier is 2 hours south of Washington, D.C. and 30 minutes north of Charlottesville on Rt. 20 in Orange, VA.