Election Day 2013: Thoughts from James Madison

Curatorial Department

November 5, 2013 - “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both."

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.”

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.

Madison folklore

Tiffany Cole

As with many famous folks, the internet abounds with questionable folklore, spurious quotes, and outright falsities concerning James and Dolley Madison. It has long been repeated that James Madison, notoriously diminutive in stature, stood 5’4”. However, in documentary records...

Dolley Madison's Election Fatigue

Curatorial Department

On April 12, 1823, former First Lady Dolley Madison closed a newsy letter to her son John Payne Todd with this comment: