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Montpelier is a place where history comes alive –
It was here . . . that a young James Madison, future author of the Bill of Rights, and later, 4th president of the United States, created the balanced framework for a new American republic.
Today, we know Madison as the “Father of the U.S. Constitution” but the story of how it happened is often overlooked.
Madison’s close friend Thomas Jefferson once called Madison “the best farmer in America” . . . and today we realize Madison’s intimate knowledge of the natural world was indeed far ahead of its time.
That knowledge translated into a vision for Montpelier’s grounds that, like his early framework for the Constitution, worked to achieve a special balance and harmony.
Over two hundred years ago, Madison created a living monument that embodied this ideal of balanced use.
The Landmark Forest still stands – as one of the last refuges of old-growth forest anywhere in the East. And as the forest has grown and matured, so has the young American Republic.
Thirty years after Madison’s death, one of the most dramatic changes was the 13th amendment – an end to slavery.
Madison’s writings reveal he was keenly aware of the grave injustices of slavery and their consequences for the new republic.
Yet, despite recognizing slavery’s moral contradictions with democratic ideals, Madison remained a lifelong slaveowner. He never freed his slaves.
THE RECENT ARCHEOLOGICAL WORK AT MONTPELIER HAS UNCOVERED COUNTLESS STORIES OF THE ENSLAVED COMMUNITY . . .
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF MONTPELIER’S ENSLAVED COMMUNITY HAVE FINALLY BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE IN A STRIKING EXHIBITION.
In the twilight of his own life, Madison scribed his final piece of advice for the new nation.
Montpelier today is still a place where history comes alive – and where you can experience it for yourself.
Begin your journey at the restored home of James and Dolley Madison and learn about their lives and contributions to history.
Next, immerse yourself in a frank encounter with the contradictions of the founding era and the legacy of slavery, by experiencing “The Mere Distinction of Color" exhibition in the cellars and South Yard.
From there, explore the stunning DuPont-era formal garden and the nearby walking trails of the Landmark Forest, the most accessible old-growth on the East Coast.
Discover the “arc of african-american citizenship” at the nearby Gilmore Cabin, Virginia’s only fully-restored freedman’s home, and the historic 'Jim Crow' era Southern Railways train depot.
If you can't see it ALL in a single visit, consider purchasing a membership – and come back as often as you like.
Montpelier’s ever-changing landscape and interpretation makes visiting an impactful experience that grows richer with time.
Please show your support for the work of this dynamic cultural institution by becoming a Montpelier member. Your donations make it possible for us to engage the public with James Madison’s ongoing legacy.
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