• Spend the Weekend with the Madisons

    Montpelier Staff

    During the hot summer months, James and Dolley Madison always left the muggy Washington weather behind to relax at Montpelier, their beloved Virginia estate. This summer, they’re coming home again! On most Saturdays and Sundays, June through September, you can meet “James” and “Dolley” in the mansion’s South Wing.

  • Say Happy Birthday to “Dolley Madison” at her Montpelier Home

    Montpelier Staff

    You are cordially invited to celebrate Dolley Madison’s 243rd birthday at Montpelier on Friday, May 20, 2011. Join “Mrs. Madison” for cake and lemonade at the Montpelier Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m. Then, take a tour of the home, where she showered guests with her legendary hospitality.

  • Out in the Garden

    Montpelier Staff

    Today marks the 78th annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia, an event the Madisons would have enjoyed with relish. In addition to his roles as politician and scholar, James Madison was interested in science, agriculture, and horticulture.

  • Days of Uncertainty

    Montpelier Staff

    It’s the early spring of 1861. South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas have all seceded. The first shots of the Civil War ring out over Fort Sumter. In Virginia, a state secession convention is underway, but a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the state. What would life in the Confederacy mean for Virginians serving in the U.S. Army? What would a war mean to civilians at home?

  • Pan in the Drawing Room

    Montpelier Staff

    Do you remember the Case of the Missing Painting, where our curatorial detectives tracked down a work of art which had hung at Montpelier and then traveled to Washington with Dolley in the 1840s? The painting was on display in the Montpelier Visitor Center Grills Gallery in May 2008, and removed in October 2010 for conservation and cleaning.

  • Rare Insider’s View of the Home of the Father of the Constitution

    Montpelier Staff

    Have you ever wondered what an insider’s view of Montpelier is like? The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier is offering the  chance to find out! Participants in the Center’s new evening seminar, “James and Dolley Madison and the Founding of Our Nation” will come to Montpelier, learn about the Constitution, tour the Madisons’ home, and see the latest archaeological dig through this rare educational experience.

  • A Birthday to Remember

    Montpelier Staff

    When was the last time you had a party with 1,000 of your friends? Montpelier was thrilled to welcome the more than 1,000 people who joined us a few days ago to celebrate the anniversary of James Madison’s 260th birthday!

  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Madison!

    Montpelier Staff

    Two hundred sixty years ago today Nelly Conway Madison gave birth to James Madison, Jr. in Port Conway, Virginia. Nelly and her husband, James Madison, Sr. raised their son at Montpelier, where young James developed an insatiable intellectual curiosity. This curiosity remained with Madison as he traveled to the College of New Jersey (today Princeton University), where he completed the curriculum ahead of his classmates and became the school’s first graduate student.

  • Happy Almost-Birthday Demonstration Forest Trail

    Montpelier Staff

    A first birthday is a remarkable event in a child’s life. It marks a time to look back at milestones from the previous year and to begin to anticipate future milestones.

  • A View of the World from Madison’s Library

    Montpelier Staff

    James Madison is often remembered as a contemplative scholar, a political philosopher, and an ardent life-long learner. Like most educated men of his generation, he maintained a sizeable reference collection, including nearly 4,000 published volumes, stacks of significant newspapers, and other materials. To enhance his study of national, international, and state politics as well as his interest in the natural world, Madison often referred to sources beyond text: maps and globes.

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