August 26, 2014- 200 years ago this past weekend Paul Jennings set a table for dinner in Washington, D.C. That meal was never consumed by the Madisons or their invited guests. War had literally come to the doorstep, and dinner table, of the President's House.
August 18, 2014- A “Virginia Housewife” and “A Lady of Philadelphia” provided our Demonstration Kitchen interpreters with recipes this weekend. Find out what these American and international recipes were on our Menu of the Week.
July 30, 2014—Great educators are always looking for ways to improve their craft and for additional resources to bring into their classroom. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that most teachers are life-long learners who are driven by their curiosity and their love of the subject that they teach. In pursuing opportunities for professional growth, I was directed to a seminar in one of the most unexpected places: Montpelier, the home of James Madison.
July 21, 2014-- What food appeared on the Madison's dining table? George C. Shattuck provides us with an answer to that question on a visit to Montpelier in 1835. Continuing with our new series, "Menu of the Week," see what recipes our interpreters used to recreate Shattuck's meal at Montpelier.
July 14, 2014 - Our summer excavations continue their investigations of the Southwest Yard of the Montpelier Mansion, revealing additional features relating to Madison's 18th and 19th century landscape.
July 14, 2014--From April through October, guests to Montpelier have the opportunity to visit three experiential venues around the site: the Gilmore Cabin—a freedman’s farm, the Hands-On Tool Tent, and the Demonstration Kitchen Tent. The focus of this post, and future posts, will be to highlight a selection of Madison-era recipes prepared in our Kitchen Tent.
July 6, 2014 - Over the past ten months, Chance Copperstone, an Applied Archaeology M.A. student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, has been analyzing the animal bone recovered from the Stable Quarter, South Yard, Tobacco Barn Quarter and the Field Quarter.