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

  • Homeschool Day

    Apr 3, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Monday, April 3, 2017 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

    Enjoy a day at Montpelier designed specially for homeschooling families, or any family seeking a fun day out.

    Details: Participate in these special events:

    • Take a guided hike of our old growth forest
    • Sit in on the Constitutional Convention
    • Read from James’ bookshelf
    • Play colonial games, and much more!

    Enjoy our everyday offerings:

    • Guided tours of James and Dolley Madison’s beloved home
    • Archaeology lab full of artifacts
    • Museum exhibits
    • Grounds galore for walking, picnicking, and exploring.
    Please Note: Homeschool Day is held rain-or-shine. In the event of rain, certain activities will be canceled or moved to alternate locations.
    Cost: $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-14, Children under 6 are free!
    Click here for more information.
  • Visit Montpelier during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week

    Apr 22, 2017 – Apr 29, 2017

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Make Montpelier’s beautiful gardens and grounds – free and open to the public – part of your Historic Garden Week.

    Details: 

    Virginia’s Historic Garden Week

    Each spring, visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

    Orange County is Featured on April 22

    All of the featured homes and gardens are close by to Montpelier!
    Who would have thought that three homes built in the Greek Revival style by the master builder Major William A. Jennings could be found in the tiny hamlet of Orange (pop. 10,670 only in 1850)? The style, harkening back to classic Greek architecture, was appreciated in the mid-1800s for being an expression of local nationalism and civic virtue, free of aristocratic and church associations. In addition, Spotswood Lodge, an 1850s farmhouse recently converted into a bed and breakfast, is open for tour. The Market at Grelen Nursery is day-of ticket purchase location for the Orange Historic Garden Week tour. To purchase tickets for a tour of the Orange County homes and gardens, or tours on any day at any location, click here.
    Cost: Free (Tickets for Virgina’s Historic Garden Week are available here.)
  • Montpelier Wine Festival

    May 6, 2017 – May 7, 2017 Saturday 11 am - 6 pm & Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

    Where: James Madison’s Montpelier

    11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

    When: Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7, 2017 | Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

    The Montpelier Wine Festival, a premier spring event, is a family friendly event that features Virginia wineries, arts and crafts and food vendors, live music, children’s entertainment, and more!

    Details: 

    Make the Montpelier Wine Festival Part of Your Weekend Plans

    Now in its 27th year, the Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event held on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier. This is a family friendly event that features Virginia wineries, arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, live music, children’s entertainment, kite flying, carriage rides, and more. The Festival is held rain or shine. No outside alcohol permitted. No pets permitted.
    The House is open and visitors are welcome to take a tour! Tours are offered between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and begin at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

    Stay for the Weekend

    “Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild Season, thro’ a pleasant Country, in easy stages.” – James Madison, 1794

    Located less than two hours from Washington, D.C., Orange County – in the heart of the Central Virginia Piedmont – is filled with history; quaint small-town main streets to explore; lodging options that will satisfy the most discriminating to the most budget-conscious; fine dining and eclectic shopping; outdoor recreation for people of all ages and fitness levels; breathtaking Blue Ridge vistas; and much more. Plan a relaxing getaway weekend with family and friends.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Montpelier and Orange County!

    Cost: Advance sale tickets $20; Tasting tickets at gate $25; DD tickets at gate $5; Youth ticket (Age 13-20) at gate $5; Kids 12 and under Free

Tours

  • 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

    Click here for more information.

     

  • 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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