James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier, Orange VA — Events

This well-preserved 2,650-acre estate in Orange County, Virginia, was the lifelong home of James Madison. Its history begins with settlement by James Madison’s grandfather in the 1720s, and includes slaves who worked and lived on the plantation, Civil War soldiers who encamped on the property, and a freedman’s family who lived and farmed here after Emancipation.

Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 Hours: March 31, 2015 – November 1, 2015: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., other months 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 540-672-2728, x450 Online: www.montpelier.org

Events

  • Constitution Day

    Sep 16, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 | All Day

    Join us as we celebrate Constitution Day with free open house tours and family-friendly activities for all ages.

    Details: Mark your calendar and watch this space for more details … coming soon!

    Cost: Free

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  • Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials

    Oct 7, 2017 – Oct 8, 2017 10 am - 5 pm. 10 am - 4 pm

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: October 7 – 8, 2017 | Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

    The 30th Annual Fall Fiber Festival features great workshops for adults and children, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, music, and more!

    Details: The 30th Annual Fall Fiber Festival features great workshops for adults and children, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, music, and more.

    Mark your calendar and watch this space for more details … coming soon!

    Cost: Adults $5, 16 & under Free

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  • Civil War House Tour

    Oct 21, 2017 11:00 am

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 11:00 am

    This unique house tour explores the relationships among James Madison, Montpelier, and the Civil War.

    Details: This unique house tour explores the relationships among James Madison, Montpelier, and the Civil War.  The issues Madison struggled with, the political battles he fought, and the catastrophe he was able to help our Nation avoid in his lifetime, ultimately erupted into a war that pitched brother against brother 25 years after his death. Discover Madison’s vision of the Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge he ever faced.

    Cost: Adults $20, Children 6-14 $7, Children Under 6, Free

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  • The Great Beyond: Cemetery Archaeology Walking Tour

    Oct 28, 2017 1:00 pm

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Tour the Madison and slave cemeteries with a Montpelier archaeologist. Duration: 1 hour

    Details:

    The Montpelier Archaeology Department is holding a series of monthly tours that highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. On these tours, you will see sites that have been located by the archaeology department, and explore the ongoing excavations and analysis being conducted by our staff!

    Hallowed Ground

    Learn how archaeologists identify, commemorate, and preserve burials and grave makers.

    Cost: Free

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Tours

  • The Constitution in Wartime

    July 19, 2017 – July 21, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Wednesday, July 19 – Friday 21, 2017

    We empower teachers to facilitate students’ understanding of how the Constitution governs the decision to go to war.

    Details:

    The Constitution in Wartime

    July 19-21, 2017

    The decision to go to war, it is often said, is the most difficult decision governmental officials are asked to make. The specter of nuclear war and the sprawling, worldwide nature and impact of terrorism bring into sharp focus the consequences of war.  The twists and turns of warfare are unpredictable. They can exact a high toll on the blood and treasure of a nation, plunge its citizenry into convulsions of frustration, fear and protests, and ravage its society and culture. The great Roman statesman, Cicero, justly observed that, “in times of war the laws buckle,” a historical fact that has grave implications for the rights and liberties of citizens.  And, it has been widely remarked that once begun, wars can be hard to end. It is thus for good reason that nations seek to avoid war and to embrace peace, even if the terms of peace are less than satisfying.
    Occasionally, however, wars are unavoidable. In those circumstances, questions arise concerning the constitutional repository of the authority to declare war, as well as the authority to conduct it. The power to initiate war, conduct it and end it, what James Madison referred to as the authority to “commence, continue and conclude war,” is governed, in principle, by the Constitution, although 200 years of American history have been witness to quarrels and disputes about the constitutional location of the war powers. History, moreover, has confirmed Cicero’s observations, for in the United States, the conduct of war, has raised grave threats and challenges to fundamental American civil liberties, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.
    The purpose of this seminar is to ask, “What does the Constitution look like in times of war?”  Our aims and purposes then, involve discussion of critical questions involving the constitutional allocation of war, foreign affairs and national security powers to Congress and the President.  How does the Constitution balance national security needs with the Bill of Rights? Which branch of government possesses the power to initiate war on behalf of the American people? What did the Framers of the Constitution have in mind when they made the President “Commander in Chief”?  Have the Framers’ views controlled historical practice when it comes to the authority to decide for war, and to conduct it, or has historical practice followed another course? What does it mean to characterize a President as a “wartime President,” and what significance is attached to that title? What did James Madison mean when he wrote that war “is the true nurse of executive aggrandizement of power”? How have the courts ruled on the great separation of powers issues surrounding war?  In addition, how has warfare affected the exercise of Americans’ rights and liberties?  How has the judiciary ruled on the issue of the scope of freedom of speech, freedom of the press and religious freedom during war?
           Our approach to these great questions, among others, will be historical and analytical. We will discuss the relevant debates in the Constitutional Convention, the state ratifying conventions, views set forth in The Federalist Papers, and comments, arguments and practice of the early founding period, including the celebrated debate in 1793 between James Madison and Alexander Hamilton on the allocation of war and foreign affairs powers. In addition, we will engage in a historical tour reviewing assertions of  war powers on behalf of the President and Congress, ranging from actions of Abraham Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War, to claims made by 20th Century presidents during the Cold War, to 21st Century executive assertions of power in the Age of Terrorism.
    There is no denying the impact of war on civil liberties across a vista of 200 years.  We will discuss, through the prism of Supreme Court decisions, and presidential and congressional actions, the status of civil liberties during times of war. We will, for example, follow the Court’s foundational rulings on freedom of speech during World War I; the internment and due process rights of Japanese-American citizens during the World War II; the religious rights of citizens to assert the claim of “conscientious objection”; the judicial rulings on the freedom of the press across the decades, culminating in the landmark Pentagon Papers Cases in 1971, and, among others, the rights of protestors and dissidents during wartime.
    In sum, we seek to further empower teachers in their classroom efforts to facilitate students’ understanding of how the Constitution governs the decision to go to war, the conduct of it, and the status of the Bill of Rights in times of warfare.  In addition to lectures, we will read two outstanding books and a number of widely read scholarly articles. As always, in the spirit of James Madison, we encourage vigorous questions and discussions.

    David Gray Adler

    Boise State | Public Policy & Law

    David Gray Adler is President of the Alturas Institute. He was previously the Cecil D. Andrus Professor of Public Policy and director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. Adler formerly served as James A. McClure Professor and Director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho, where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the College of Law, in which he taught courses on the Constitution and the Supreme Court. Before that, Adler was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Idaho State University. A recipient of teaching, civic and writing awards, Adler has published in the leading journals of his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the Constitution and presidential power, including talks at more than 35 colleges and universities.
    Adler’s books include: the two-volume work, American Constitutional Law; The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy; The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy; and The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties, as well as the forthcoming books, Presidential Power and the Constitution, and The Steel Seizure Case.
    A frequent commentator on state and national events, Adler’s lectures have aired on C-Span, and he has done scores of interviews with, among others, reporters from the New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, National Review, Fox News, NPR, NBC, CNN and the BBC. The recipient of the 2010 Idaho Humanities Council’s, “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award,” Adler has served as a member of the Board of Directors of various academic, corporate and civic organizations. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

    Cost: Application Required

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  • Working Woods Walk

    April 9, 2017 – October 22, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 2:00 PM

    Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature.

    Details: Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons’ time and today.

    Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

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  • Working Woods Walk

    April 9, 2017 – October 22, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 2:00 PM

    Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature.

    Details: Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons’ time and today.

    Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • Big Woods Walk

    July 9, 2017 – October 15, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Join Montpelier Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich for a hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches.

    Details: Join Montpelier Horticulturist, Sandy Mudrinich, for hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison’s role as an early environmentalist.

    The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

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  • Big Woods Walk

    July 9, 2017 – October 15, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Join Montpelier Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich for a hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches.

    Details: Join Montpelier Horticulturist, Sandy Mudrinich, for hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison’s role as an early environmentalist.

    The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

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  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    April 22, 2017 – October 21, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    This tour begins at parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20.

    Cost: Free

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  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    April 22, 2017 – October 21, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    This tour begins at parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20.

    Cost: Free

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  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation.

    Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, September 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation.

    Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation.

    Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, July 1, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation.

    Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of preservation.

    Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    April 8, 2017 – October 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 2:30 pm

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    October 7, 2017 – October 7, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    September 2, 2017 – September 2, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, Spetember 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    August 5, 2017 – August 5, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    July 1, 2017 – July 1, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, July 1, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    June 3, 2017 – June 3, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    May 6, 2017 – May 6, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Historic Landscape Tour

    April 1, 2017 – April 1, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 1:00 pm

    Details: Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over generations of care and preservation.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War House Tour

    October 21, 2017 – October 21, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Details: This unique house tour explores the relationships between James Madison, Montpelier and the Civil War.  The issues Madison struggled with, the political battles he fought, and the catastrophe he was able to help our nation avoid in life, ultimately erupted into a war that pitched brother against brother 25 years after his death. Discover Madison’s vision of Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced.

    Cost: Adults $20; Children 6-14 $7; Children Under 6 Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War House Tour

    June 24, 2017 – June 24, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Details: This unique house tour explores the relationships between James Madison, Montpelier and the Civil War.  The issues Madison struggled with, the political battles he fought, and the catastrophe he was able to help our nation avoid in life, ultimately erupted into a war that pitched brother against brother 25 years after his death. Discover Madison’s vision of Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced.

    Cost: Adults $20; Children 6-14 $7; Children Under 6 Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War House Tour

    April 22, 2017 – April 22, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Details: This unique house tour explores the relationships between James Madison, Montpelier and the Civil War.  The issues Madison struggled with, the political battles he fought, and the catastrophe he was able to help our nation avoid in life, ultimately erupted into a war that pitched brother against brother 25 years after his death. Discover Madison’s vision of Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced.

    Cost: Adults $20; Children 6-14 $7; Children Under 6 Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    October 21, 2017 – October 21, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    June 24, 2017 – June 24, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    April 22, 2017 – April 22, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour

    February 25, 2017 – February 25, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 2:00 pm

    Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street.

    Details: Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut.

    Cost: Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Civil War House Tour

    February 25, 2017 – February 25, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 11:00 am

    Details: This unique house tour explores the relationships between James Madison, Montpelier and the Civil War.  The issues Madison struggled with, the political battles he fought, and the catastrophe he was able to help our nation avoid in life, ultimately erupted into a war that pitched brother against brother 25 years after his death. Discover Madison’s vision of Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced.

    Cost: Adults $20; Children 6-14 $7; Children Under 6 Free

    Click here for more information.

  • Working Woods Walk

    January 29, 2017 – January 29, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, January 29, 2017  |  2:00 PM

    Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature.

    Details: Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons’ time and today.

    Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

    Click here for more information.

  • Big Woods Walk

    January 22, 2017 – January 22, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Sunday, January 22, 2017  |  2:00 pm

    Join Montpelier Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich for a hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches.

    Details: Join Montpelier Horticulturist, Sandy Mudrinich, for hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison’s role as an early environmentalist.

    The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Cost: $5 per person

    Click here for more information.

     

  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour

    January 14, 2017 – January 14, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, January 14, 2017  |  2:00 pm

    Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era.

    Details: Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved from slavery to Emancipation through Jim Crow to the present. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

    Cost: Free

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  • Exhibit: In the Time of Segregation • Daily, 10:30am-4:30pm

    6452Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 • montpelier.org • Click here for directions.

    When: Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    This self-guided exhibit illustrates a watershed period in American history—the time of segregation—and explains the codification of laws which dictated that blacks and whites be given “separate but equal” accommodation across the South.

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  • Exhibit: The Gilmore Cabin • Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

    6452Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 • montpelier.org • Click here for directions.

    When: Open Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

    Details: Enter the home of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810, and visualize the life he built for his family after Emancipation. This self-guided tour highlights the continuing struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction and the Gilmore family’s eventual ownership of the land and citizenship. Read More…

  • Exhibit: A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812

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    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957 • montpelier.org • Click here for directions.

    When: Open daily

    Details: A special exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier will tell the story of James Madison’s Presidency and wartime struggle.

    On June 18, 1812, President James Madison formally requested from Congress a Declaration of War against the United Kingdom of Great Britain. In declaring war, Congress and the president exercised powers granted to them in the United States Constitution. For our young country, only three decades removed from the first war for independence, the War of 1812 tested the ideas put forth in the Constitution, and called upon Madison to abide by the limitations on power he worked so hard to institute.

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