James Madison, fourth president of the United States, inherited this home, built around 1760, from his father. With help from ... More
James Madison's Montpelier
James Madison, fourth president of the United States, inherited this home, built around 1760, from his father. With help from his good friend Thomas Jefferson, Madison expanded the original two-story Georgian structure into a grand plantation home with an unobstructed view of the Blue Ridge mountains. Visitors are welcome to spend the day exploring the house, farm, gardens and woodlands. Montpelier is about 90 miles from Richmond. Take I-64 west to Route 15 north to Orange.
The tour of the house was a wonderful blend of history and information on the restoration of the house. While they are still finishing up the interior renovations, some of the furnishings are being added. The grounds are lovely, and it was interesting speaking with the archeologists that were excavating one of the kitchens while we were there. It is well worth the trip.
The mansion was under construction when i went but the grounds are beautiful in the fall ,I will go back again when it is finished.This will make the thrid time I've been there.I love to sit on the porch and look out at the mountains.
My husband and I were there towards the end of April '07, while it was under construction. I think we were very fortunate to see what was under the walls, the original boards, etc...Even under construction, the house had a feel of "home." We will, most definitely be returning when it is done. I loved the view from the front of the house, and as we walked the grounds, it was so peaceful. Out of the 3 homes, we saw, Monticello, Ashlawn, and Montpelier, we liked Montpelier the best. I hope and pray it does not become as commercial as Monticello. I pray it keeps that warm, welcoming feel that makes one want to say, "I'm home."
Montpelier gives a fascinating look at James and Dolley Madison.
James Madison was the "Father of the Constitution" and author of the Bill of Rights (not to mention the 4th president of the United States and Thomas Jefferson's best friend - the closest friendship of all the Founders).
Dolley Madison was the "hostess with the mostest" - the Jackie Kennedy of her time. She was, charming, gracious, immensely popular, and the first president's wife to be called "First Lady."
Montpelier, their beautiful colonial mansion and plantation, is well worth a visit.
Montpelier was under renovation while my wife and I was there. It was still a sight to see and we cannot wait to go back when it is finished. The lay of the land is beautiful!!! The people in those days sure did pick beautiful places to live.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826), author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, was also a
talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (17691809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (181726), which ...