• Stable Quarter Site--Part 2

    Matthew Reeves

    Our knowledge of the Stable Quarter Site (located between the visitor center and the South Yard) continues to grow in leaps and bounds.  Last post, we reported we established the slave quarter we were excavating originally was a log structure with a stick and mud chimney based on the single hearth and several clay borrow pits we had located.  Since that time we have made two exciting discoveries:  a second hearth that has provided the dimensions and potential layout of the structure and 2) a sub-floor pit in front of the large hearth we discovered in August.

  • “Pictures, all of interest, having some history attached to each” adorn the Montpelier Dining Room

    Montpelier Staff

    A team of curators, facilities and restoration staff, and a fine art specialist worked late into the evening hours on September 17—Constitution Day—to install thirty-four of the thirty-seven prints and engravings listed on an 1836 document entitled “Engravings in the dining room.”

  • James and Dolley Are Coming Home!

    Montpelier Staff

    Montpelier’s Constitution Day celebration is just two weeks away. The 225th anniversary of the Constitution’s signing wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the first couple!

  • Saddle up for Constitution Day

    Montpelier Staff

    Have you thought about how you will travel to Constitution Day 2012? This week in our continuing series on Montpelier’s September 22 Constitution Day celebration, we will talk about an interesting way to travel to the festivities: the Liberty Ride.

  • Follow the War of 1812 in “real time” at the Blog of 1812

    Montpelier News

    Perhaps the principle highlight of  James Madison’s presidency was the aptly named War of 1812. Often referred to as “America’s Second War for Independence,” the war was the new nation’s struggle for sovereignty. Locked in a long and difficult clash with Napoleon, the British attempted to hinder the growth and prosperity of their former colony, and prevent the United States from colluding against them with the French. 

  • The Countdown Begins

    Montpelier Staff

    Here at the home of the Father of the Constitution a countdown to a highly anticipated anniversary is underway. One month from today, Montpelier will celebrate the Constitution’s 225th birthday!

  • Top Things to Do At Montpelier This Weekend

    Montpelier Staff

    You survived the first three days of the week and are taking on Thursday with full force. As noon approaches, your mind begins to drift. Suddenly you realize the weekend is coming.  You get a burst of energy and conquer one more task on your list, relishing the prospect of two days away from the grind. Your mind goes into planning mode. What will you do this weekend?

  • Original Cockburn Side Chair Returns to Montpelier

    Montpelier Staff

    Montpelier is excited to announce our exhibit of a significant chair with James and Nelly Madison Sr. provenance. This rare ca. 1773 Cockburn side chair is on loan from the James Madison Museum in Orange.

  • Montpelier in the Palm of Your Hand

    Montpelier Staff

    What’s the hottest download at the Apple App Store? The James Madison’s Montpelier Tour App of course! From the more than 500,000 mobile apps available, Apple Computer each week chooses just a few of the most interesting and intriguing to feature in the iPhone App Store. This week, Apple has chosen the newly launched “James Madison’s Montpelier” tour app as one of the featured apps.

  • July 12 marks the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s death

    Montpelier Staff

    One hundred and sixty-three years ago today, Dolley Madison died at approximately 10:15 in the evening, “at peace with the world & it with her.” According to James Madison Cutts, Dolley’s nephew, America’s first First Lady “expired without an effort & without apparent pain.”1 Dolley was the last surviving member of the founding generation, living as a widow for thirteen years after the passing of James Madison.

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