Montpelier: James and Dolley Madison’s Home

The Constitution & Madison’s 3 Big Ideas


James Madison’s Montpelier discusses three of Madison’s biggest ideas and contributions to the Constitution: extending the sphere, federalism, and the protection of individual rights.

The Private Lives of James and Dolley Madison: Montpelier’s Kat Imhoff Invites Us Inside Their Estate


Montpelier Foundation President Kat Imhoff Takes Us Inside the Estate and Private Lives of James and Dolley Madison

By David Bruce Smith, Founder
and Hope Katz Gibbs, Executive Producer

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Virginia home of James and Dolley Madison, be sure to put it on your to-do list.

After Madison’s presidency, Montpelier became the family plantation that the couple retired to in 1817. They entertained hundreds of visitors and jointly edited Madison’s significant political papers—including his notes on the Constitutional Convention.

“Madison predeceased Dolley by 13 years, after which she traveled back and forth between Montpelier and Washington, DC, before permanently settling in the nation’s capital in 1844,” explains Kat Imhoff, who has been president of The Montpelier Foundation since January 2013.

It was a pleasure to interview Imhoff for the July episode of The Grateful American™ TV Show. In addition to being an expert on the Madisons, she formerly was chief operating officer and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, heading special initiatives and leading the team that created the new Visitors Center.

Imhoff also served as the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, where she led the organization’s Montana Legacy Project—the purchase of more than 300,000 acres of land in the Northern Rockies bordering Glacier National Park. This land now completes a corridor of environmental protection extending across Montana from Wyoming. (more…)