Rolling Hills, Blue Ridge Views, Glorious Gardens, Landmark Forests
Montpelier offers 2,650 acres of rolling hills, spacious horse pastures, and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plan to spend some time enjoying the gardens and grounds.
Mr. Madison's Temple
Madison Family Cemetery
James Madison's Landmark Forest and Demonstration Trail
The James Madison Landmark Forest is a 200-acre old-growth forest that offers miles of walking trails for beginning and experience hikers alike. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Forest a National Natural Landmark in 1987. Several prize-winning trees live in the Forest.
The Demonstration Trail is an outdoor exhibit that shows the best ways to manage a healthy, sustainable forest. The Demonstration Forest Trail extends from the James Madison Landmark Forest as a one-mile loop. Visitors can observe proper forestry management techniques at four demonstration stations along the trail.
Mount Pleasant Site
Active Archaeological Dig and Archaeology Laboratory
Montpelier offers visitors a behind-the-scenes view of an active archaeological dig and lab. Visitors will be able to watch archaeologists wash, identify, mend, and conserve recent discovers buried for 200 years in Madison's kitchen work yard, slave quarters, and home.
The lab also contains displays and study collection drawers of glassware, porcelain, bones, buttons, and Civil War artifacts—all available for viewing—plus a state-of-the-art touch screen that teaches visitors about archaeology at Montpelier. Working archaeologists are available seven days a week to answer questions.
2,650 acres of forests, gardens, and views