“I shall honor my chisel with cutting his bust.” – Giuseppe Ceracchi

Montpelier Staff

In 1791, James Madison became friends with an unlikely companion, Italian sculptor Guiseppe Ceracchi (1751-1801) who moved to the new American capitol to carve a commemorative monument of the American Revolution. Madison, then a congressman from Virginia’s fifth district, lodged with Ceracchi at Mary House’s boardinghouse on the corner of Fifth and Market Streets.

“The Daily Show” Highlights Paul Jennings

Montpelier Staff

When Paul Jennings created his memoirs, he probably never imagined he would have an audience of millions. This is exactly what happened on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” though.

Piecing together History

Montpelier Staff

The archaeology department  recently finished its field season in the South Yard and  just began an analysis of all the artifacts recovered during the nine-month excavation season. The analysis of the household items recovered from the South Yard will be very important for our overall archaeological study of Montpelier’s enslaved community.

“I hope this will find you…enjoying the commencement of a new year with every prospect that can make it a happy one.” – James Madison

Montpelier Staff

Christmas day has come and gone at Montpelier and like Christmas, New Year’s Day gave the Madisons and their contemporaries an opportunity to send holiday greetings to family and friends along with wishes for a prosperous and healthy year to come.

The Twelve Days of Montpelier

Montpelier Staff

As we count down the final days of 2011, we want to thank you for your support and wish you a happy holiday season! Your support made the “Twelve Days of Montpelier” possible.

“I embrace you…with a thousand wishes for your happiness and prosperity on every and many Christmas days to come.” – Dolley Madison

Montpelier Staff

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Christmas was primarily celebrated through fellowship, festive entertainment, visits to neighbors and family, and holiday tidings sent to friends and loved ones. While there is no evidence to suggest that holiday decorations were placed in the interior or the exterior of Montpelier during the Madisons’ time, James and Dolley had other Christmas traditions.

Parting Shot of the South Yard

Montpelier Staff

This week we are putting the South Yard to bed for the winter after a long and productive season.  We opened up an area 85′x45′ (approximately 180 5ft. x 5ft. units) and completely exposed two house areas in the South Yard.  The South Yard is the site for the homes and work areas for the Madisons’ house slaves.

Decking the Halls with Art

Montpelier Staff

‘Tis the season for holiday traditions: decorating, baking, caroling and shopping are underway across the country. As we prepare for  ”A Christmas Evening at Montpelier,” we’re also decking the halls with modern and Madison-era works of art to show our guests.

What’s New in the Grills Gallery

Montpelier Staff

The Joe and Marge Grills Gallery is now showcasing a series a of historical images, objects, and artwork depicting the Montpelier estate. The exhibit is comprised of works from the early nineteenth to late twentieth centuries, and includes Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton’s 1802 watercolor, View of Montpelier.

Heart and Soul of Professional Growth

Montpelier Staff

Mr. Marion Broglie, a long-time participant in the Center for the Constitution’s seminars for teachers, recently took a few moments to share his thoughts on his professional development experiences. Mr. Broglie is an eighth grade civics teacher at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va.

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