Wrapup at the Field Quarter, Startup at the Mansion

Matthew Reeves

August 25, 2013 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department has completed excavations at the quarter for field slaves and has moved to a new surveyed at the mansion. We will be excavating at the area of the Temple Allee....read more!

Dolley Madison, First Lady Extraordinaire

Meg Kennedy

August 24, 2013 - On August 24, 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison fled the President’s House as British troops advanced upon Washington, DC in the War of 1812. Before departing, Dolley made sure that Madison’s important papers and a few pieces of silver were secured, as well as one of our great national treasures—Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington.

Montpelier Celebrates New Archaeological Discoveries

Caroline Godfrey

July 30, 2013 - New Evidence of Field Slave Quarters Contributes to Unprecedented Portrait of Enslaved Life. 

The List and the Landscapes

Curatorial Department

July 2, 2013 - Two small paintings with a mysterious past are now on display in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery at James Madison’s Montpelier.  Our extensive research project, the Presidential Detective Story, have put together the clues to unpack “The Case of the List and the Landscapes.”

Update on the Quarter for Field Slaves

Matthew Reeves

July 31, 2013 - This past month has resulted in some exciting finds at the site of the quarter for field slaves. After almost a year of excavating the site to find evidence for structures, we have finally identified two features that provide clues to the location for the homes of the field slaves that worked Madison’s farm in the early 19th century.

Nelly Madison: Aging Gracefully

Curatorial Department

June 20, 2013 - We invite all visitors to stop into the Grills Gallery and call on “Mother” Madison as did so many visitors to Montpelier two hundred years ago.

The Archaeological Field Season, Spring 2013

Mark A. Trickett

April 22, 2013 - Jigsaws. Sometimes archaeology is all about jigsaw puzzles. Are you a puzzle afficionado and intrigued by this idea?  Well, read on.

On the Mountain and in the Field--Metal Detecting at Montpelier!

Matthew Reeves

April 18, 2013 - You all might have noticed that the tents have popped back up at the quarter for field slaves--which means spring is finally here!  

Wagon Rides

Ellen Blackmon

April 12, 2013 - The “Percherons of Montpelier” have arrived and will be offering wagon rides to guests, Thursday - Sunday, departing from the visitor center every half hour.

Building the Future of the Constitution

Jen Howell

April 9, 2013 - In 1961, a 33-year-old real-estate developer surveyed an expanse of land adjacent to Washington, DC, languishing in neglect and thriving only in its junkyards and cheap motels. I imagine this place being where criminologists came up with broken windows theory.  But Robert H. Smith looked at this area and he did not see failure—he saw opportunity.

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