James Madison’s Montpelier

Home of the fourth U.S. president

   Located in Central Virginia

   Open Thurs. - Mon.

   Save 20% at the gift shops with the promo code VAHIST

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Montpelier is the home of fourth President James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and his wife Dolley, America's first "First Lady." 

Montpelier was also home to six generations of enslaved African Americans.

Can’t-Miss Activities

  • Take the "Highlights of Montpelier" tour with Montpelier's senior staff, moving through significant outdoor locations in the historic core of the site, as well as three select rooms in the Madisons' home. Explore the lives of James and Dolley Madison, the enslaved community, and the U.S. Constitution.   

  • Experience a private house tour, which touches on a little of everything: Madison the man, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, Slavery – Madison’s worst regret – and Dolley Madison, America's first First Lady. 

  • Uncover the rich history of James Madison’s Montpelier on a guided tour. Explore the histories and legacies of James and Dolley Madison, the enslaved community, and the Constitution as you journey through the landscape and inside the Madisons’ home.

  • Hike more than 8 miles of trails that wind through horse pastures, wildflower meadows, and forests, including the Old-Growth Landmark Forest. See spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and  encounter native plants and wildlife.

  • Wander the two-acre Annie duPont Formal Garden featuring formal walkways, sweeping beds, an herb garden, and magnificent marble lions and urns.

  • Visit active archaeological dig sites, and chat with archaeologists to learn how they are preserving the past (April-October).

  • Reflect by Mr. Madison's Temple, where James Madison contemplated democracy, and take in the view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

  • Visit the Montpelier Museum Shop, which is filled with locally-sourced pottery, jewelry, wooden bowls, and other items by regional artisans; food items; children’s toys; and a selection of books for readers of all ages. 

Save 20% at the Gift Shops

Show your tour ticket and mention the promo code VAHIST at checkout for a 20% discount in the on-site shops.  Valid through Dec. 31, 2023.

COVID Safety Precautions

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All visitors are encouraged to wear masks.

Hand Sanitizer

Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use when soap and water are not available.


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This website was created in collaboration with:

  • Colonial Williamsburg

  • Jamestown Settlement

  • Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne

  • American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

  • James Monroe’s Highland

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

  • James Madison’s Montpelier

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • George Mason’s Gunston Hall

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