• 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.

  • “Nothing more than a change of mind”

    Montpelier Staff

    On the services of this illustrious man it is unnecessary to dwell; for what American does not know the parts which James Madison acted in the public Councils of his Country? And what Virginian needs to be reminded of the unrivalled force of his tongue and his pen in defending her most cherished principles?1

  • Archaeology at Madison’s Quarter for Field Slaves

    Montpelier Staff

    The James Madison University field school has had a fantastic run at revealing the secrets of the quarters for field slaves just below Montpelier’s Visitor Center.  We have opened up close to 50 units and are slowly developing an idea of how this set of homes was laid out. 

  • Save the Date: the War of 1812 Is Coming!

    Montpelier Staff

    This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, also known as “Mr. Madison’s War.” Two hundred  years ago, this war tested our young nation. President Madison proved the United States could go to war without depriving citizens of their constitutional rights.

  • A Birthday Discovery for Dolley

    Montpelier Staff

    In the early nineteenth century, many fashionable men and women including Napoleon Bonaparte, Henry Clay, Queen Charlotte of England (wife of George III), and Dolley Madison dipped snuff. The nicotine stimulant made from ground tobacco leaves was typically stored in a small highly decorated box made of silver, tortoise shell, or other decorative material. 

  • Montpelier Has Your Weekend Plans Covered

    Montpelier Staff

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Montpelier has your ticket for family fun!

  • The We the People Journey

    Montpelier Staff

    The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier runs both the District of Columbia and Virginia We the People programs. Both the DC and Virginia teams competed at the recent 2012 We the People National Finals, which tests students on their knowledge of the Constitution. 

  • Field Slave Quarters Excavation Begins

    Montpelier Staff

    The Archaeology team has begun its excavations at the quarters for field slaves, located just below the visitor center.  We are searching for the remains of the homes for farm slaves who lived in this area from the late 1700s-1844.  Back in 2002, when we were planning for the construction of the visitor center, we located a very well preserved farm complex dating back to the Madison era.

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