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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tour of Montpelier, the home of the Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, & America's 1st "First Lady"
Montpelier was home to President James Madison, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights, and Dolley Madison, America’s first "First Lady." It was here at Montpelier where James Madison shaped the ideas that would become the U.S. Constitution. For six months Madison sat in his upstairs library, where he meticulously studied past forms of governments and organized his thoughts into what he believed were the ideal principles for a representative democracy. Madison’s ideas would become the “Virginia Plan,” and later the framework for the Constitution.
The Montpelier estate features the mansion, garden, historic buildings, exhibits, archaeological sites, and forests trails. Spend an hour or two—or a full day with family and friends—strolling the grounds, picnicking, and learning more about the Constitution, James Madison, and Montpelier.
Visitors receive a guided tour of the Madison mansion, and may then proceed with a self-guided tour of the mansion's second floor exhibits (including the War of 1812 exhibit), cellars, and grounds. Visit the duPont Formal Garden, South Yard slave quarters, cemeteries, forest trails, Mr. Madison's Temple, and more.
Special tour price of $7 is offer to members of JMU with a JACard. Other guests have a special price of $10. There is a cafe at Montpelier where guests may purchase food, or they are welcome to bring their own meal.
You will need to provide your own transportation.