• Student Field Trips at Montpelier

    Christian Cotz

    October 31, 2013 - Over 1200 students visited Montpelier on field trips in October.   Though every field trip to Montpelier is a unique experience, there were a number of classes that particularly stood out this fall.   

  • French Middle School Students Commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation at Montpelier

    Caroline Godfrey

    October 18, 2013 - French middle school delegation, hosted by Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia, visits Montpelier with film crew in tow. 

  • Montpelier, Home of the Father of the Constitution, is Open

    Communications Department

    October 8, 2013 - Not every national monument is closed. Montpelier, home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, is open. Furloughed federal employees offered complementary admission during the ongoing shutdown.

  • The Constitution: What Americans Really Know

    Communications Department

    September 18, 2013 - Montpelier celebrates the 226th anniversary of the U.S Constitution in nation's capitol at the annual "State of the Constitution Lecture: What Americans Really Know," hosted in collaboration with the National Archives.

  • 226 Years Later, The Constitution Still Works

    Kat Imhoff

    September 17, 2013 - The Constitution is old—really old.  All of the men who spent the summer of 1787 behind closed doors in Philadelphia, debating and drafting, are like Roman demigods- and that is due, with good reason, to a reputation-lifting mythology that endows all of our founding fathers. 

  • 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.

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