‪James Madison's Montpelier‬

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joyongue
تشارلوت, ‪North Carolina‬4 مساهمات
ديسمبر 2021
‪We visited Montpelier with a group of 11 people (three families). We called ahead and Laura Maddox arranged for us to have a guided tour for just our group.

Our tour guide was Katie. Katie was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The questions and topics ranged from:
History of Architecture on the grounds
James Madison's relationship with Thomas Jefferson working of VA statue of Religious Freedoms
Generations preceding James Madison Jr at Montpelier
Crops farmed and trades developed
Dolly Madison role in entertaining and Frances Taylor's entrepreneurship
Paul Jennings' story and contributions
The room for scholarship where US Constitution was crafted.

We were hoping for a tour guide who did not simply regurgitate Wikipedia and Katie delivered for us.

The grounds are beautiful and great for all to enjoy on a day when it's nice to be outside. The location is a bit isolated and I would recommend packing a lunch. The visitors' center has grab-and-go food items with tables to eat inside or outside.

An opportunity the location could incorporate is an exhibit on the US Bill of Rights. In particular, James Madison's role in authoring them and the impact they have on America today.

We enjoyed our visit and would come again.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 يناير 2022
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2125295556
بوسطن, ماساتشوستس26 مساهمة
نوفمبر 2021
‪Everything about this site is fascinating, and the tour guides are terrific. It is a relatively new attraction, as it has been restored extensively in recent years. Any American history buff will be extremely interested and stimulated by the exhibits and mansion, and everyone else will become interested in history! Don't miss it.‬
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Taylor B
شيكاغو, إلينوي7,431 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪The first time my wife and I visited Montpelier, James Madison's sprawling plantation house near Orange, Virginia, we were absolutely flabbergasted by all of the changes that the DuPont family had made while they lived in the house from 1901 to 1983, including the stucco exterior, an Art Deco music room, green linoleum flooring, laminated plywood, chrome, glass block and plate glass mirrors. Thankfully, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation took ownership in 1984, it sought to restore Montpelier to its 1820 appearance. From 2003 to 2008, the National Trust carried out a $25 million restoration. It demolished additions made to the house by the DuPont family, removed the stucco exterior to reveal the original brick, restored the original brick exterior and reconstructed the house's interior as it appeared during Madison's tenure as owner, using such authentic materials as horsehair plaster and paint containing linseed oil and chalk. Today, the 2,650-acre property is open to the public for seven days a week. The 22-room home of the fourth President of the United States and his celebrated wife Dolley was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In the early 1760s, Madison's father built a house on the property that had been acquired by his grandfather in 1723. It forms the heart of the main house at Montpelier today. It has two stories of brick laid in a Flemish bond pattern and a low, hipped roof with chimney stacks at both ends. When completed, it was one of the largest brick dwellings in Orange County. In 1797, Madison added a 30-foot extension and a Tuscan portico to the house. In 1809, Madison had a large drawing room added, as well as one-story wings at each end of the house. In 1817, after his second term as President, Madison retired to Montpelier full-time. He died in 1836 and is buried with his wife in the family cemetery on the property. Two significant things that have been added to the guided tour of Montpelier since our last visit are the roles of about 100 enslaved African people played during the time that the Madisons owned the estate, including the fascinating story of Madison's body servant Paul Jennings, who later wrote a book detailing his reminiscences of Madison, and Montpelier Forest, a 197-acre forest on the property that was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1987 and is recognized as being one of the best examples of a mature Piedmont forest dominated by tulip poplar and spicebrush and contains several trees up to 300 years old.‬
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tandc_11
ليسبورغ, فيرجينيا38 مساهمة
زوجان • نوفمبر 2021
‪We had not visited James Madison’s Montpelier in over 20 years. In the intervening decades the mansion and grounds have undergone a major renovation, and the “new” visitor center is excellent. Our guide, Darlene Crawford, was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Madison; the estate; and current scholarship concerning both Madison’s enormous political achievements and his personal flaws.‬
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JKL V
‪Fair Lawn‬, نيو جيرسي88 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2021
‪We had a guided tour of James Madison’s Montpelier. Get a guidebook of J. Madison Montpelier if you want to have in-depth knowledge about James Madison’s home. It was an interesting visit‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 أكتوبر 2021
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Willy P
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سبتمبر 2021
‪We visited on Constitution Day (September 17) which recognizes the formation and signing of the US Constitution on that date in 1787. Considering Madison was the principal author of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights you might reasonably expect that the operators of the home, Montpelier, where he wrote the documents that altered the course of world history, would hold a commemoration. No chance. You can see a man riding a horse and slashing a cabbage off a post with his sword (cool) but that lacks sufficient connection to either Madison or the Constitution. The steeple chase races are discussed, if not hyped, as a reason to visit again. Irrelevant to the Madisons and the founding of a nation as the races were begun in 1934 by the Dupont family (owners of Montpelier until 1983 when they donated it).

If you visit out of respect for the Madisons or the Constitution you will be disappointed. If you visit because you desire to learn about slaves and their role at Montpelier Plantation you may be overwhelmed with the plethora of tour guide narrative and conservatorship of all aspects of slavery. They have spent an impressive amount of money doing architectural digs (ongoing), cabin restorations, and building an entire gallery devoted to slavery and its ongoing legacy. Our tour guide lectured us on how women were also denied freedoms and rights and that Madison cleverly enshrined this into his famous writings.

Our guide also lent his unique perspective to the Social Contract. Instead of it being about the imposition of limits on personal freedom by government in exchange for benefits for individuals and the greater good, he told us it was about individuals caring about one another. He leveraged this into a guilt trip about why you should voluntarily wear a mask even though it is neither required by the operators of Montpelier or current Virginia mandates by the governor.

The grounds are beautiful and so is the exterior of the plantation mansion. You can enjoy the visitor center, gift shop, grounds, reconstructions, family cemetery, slave cemetery, chapel, etc. for free. Even free parking. If you want to see just three rooms inside the mansion we paid $35/pp. I think a 2-3 hour stroll around the grounds for free is a fine deal. And you can even interact with the horses.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 سبتمبر 2021
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Linda F
3 مساهمات
أغسطس 2021
‪I should have known something was up when there was not an American Flag in sight...not being a student of history, I went to Montpelier, Madison's family property, hoping to learn about James Madison, 4th president, contributor to the Constitution, author of the Bill of Rights, war of 1812.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. We were invited into "Dolley's house" (whom he married at 42) to see a few rooms and our guide when specifically questioned about what might have been written in the library, she couldn't really say...we did have extensive time in the "enslaved people's" exhibit. The short clip on the Constitution, though actually the most informative, had Madison as a cartoon caricature. Shameful
When you go to James Madison's house, you want to learn ALL about James Madison!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أغسطس 2021
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Carolina_Traveler_7
Charlotte100 مساهمة
أغسطس 2021
‪Wonderful tour of the house and grounds.
There’s a basic pass that gets you on the grounds but the tour add on really brings understanding about what James Madison, and that time in the US, was really like. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic; she is a grad student at JMU (of course) and had been participating in the research and the archeological digs.
Tour covers part of the house and there are several reconstructed cabins and information on the slaves and conditions from that perspective.
Best part is how everything is described-not in the one dimensional, sanitized way that I learned back in school, but much more real. It was a good mix of fun anecdotes and serious history.
As far as “sights”, this is not as extensive as Monticello. It’s also not crowded and considerably less structured.‬
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‪Piney Flats‬, ‪Tennessee‬5 مساهمات
سبتمبر 2020
‪Took a side trip on the way to Williamsburg. It was well worth the extra miles out of the way. James Madison is on of numerous famous interrupters at Williamsburg and we enjoy him very much. So it was time to visit his home. So glad we did. Home, museum and grounds were all a delight. The guides were very friendly and informative. If close take the time to visit.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 أغسطس 2021
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Americansportswriter
واشنطن العاصمة, منطقة كولومبيا286 مساهمة
يوليو 2021
‪President James Madison's home was later owned by the DuPont family whose influence includes a horse training track and rooms of trophies. But, the star is the nation's fourth president. There is a limited indoor tour of the home, but the grounds that were well layed out with a view of the mountains are wonderous. Sitting on the porch provides a feel for why Madison enjoyed this home. It's a little hilly to walk, but well worth circling the property around the home with the garden exit a short walk to the visitor's center. The GPS may leave you at a nearby train station, but the mansion's entrance is just seconds farther down the road.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 يوليو 2021
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