Calendar of Events

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Exhibits

A Young Nation Stands: James Madison & the War of 1812
Final Days! Through January 4, this special exhibit on the mansion's second floor tells the story of James Madison’s Presidency and wartime struggle. Read more...

 

The Gilmore Cabin
Enter the home of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810, and visualize the life he built for his family after Emancipation. This site highlights the continuing struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction and the Gilmore family's eventual ownership of the land and citizenship. The Gilmore Cabin is open to visitors every Saturday and Sunday, April-October, from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Located on Rt. 20 across from Montpelier's main entrance. Admission is free.

 

In the Time of Segregation
This self-guided exhibit illustrates a watershed period in American history - the time of segregation - and explains the codification of laws which dictated that blacks and whites be given "separate but equal" accommodation across the South. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located adjacent to Montpelier's main entrance on Rt. 20. Admission is free. 

 

Everybody Loves Mrs. Madison: Dolley Madison in Letters and Pictures
Opening January 17, 2015, this exhibit illuminates the iconic Dolley Madison, the original presidential spouse to be called "First Lady," through her personal letters, a daguerreotype by the famed artist Matthew Brady, and a commemorative silver dollar designed by Tiffany & Co. for U.S. Mint. 
 

 

2014 Events

November 28-30: Thanksgiving Weekend Shop and Dine
Round up the relatives for a family outing at Montpelier! Shake off your "turkey legs" with a guided tour of James and Dolley's beloved home or a gentle hike through Madison's beautiful Landmark Forest. Break for award-winning BBQ at the Exchange Cafe and enjoy discounts up to 50% discounts in our Museum Shop.

November 29: 1st Virginia Regiment Dragoons Cavalry Show
The 1st Virginia Regiment Dragoons will be riding and training on the grounds of Montpelier between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. The 1st Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line is a recreated Revolutionary War living history group composed of volunteers who authentically clothe and equip themselves to portray the soldiers and families of the time. Learn more about this group on Facebook

December 5, 6, 12, & 13: Candlelight Christmas Tours
Celebrate the splendor of the holidays with family, friends, and the Madisons at Montpelier, featuring Santa, children's crafts, holiday music, light refreshment, and unique candlelight tours of James and Dolley's beloved home. Tickets available for advance purchase here

2015 Events

January 5-16: Mansion Restoration
Montpelier will be closed for mansion renovations, interior painting, and plaster repair. Follow our progress on Twitter and Facebook!

January 17: Everybody Loves Mrs. Madison: Dolley Madison in Letters and Pictures
This Grills Gallery exhibit illuminates the iconic Dolley Madison, the original presidential spouse to be called "First Lady," through her personal letters, a daguerreotype by the famed artist Matthew Brady, and a commemorative silver dollar designed by Tiffany & Co. for U.S. Mint. 

January 17-19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend
Montpelier will be offering special tours highlighting the arc of African American citizenship in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s contributions to civil rights. Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour on Saturday 1 PM; Madison and Slavery on Sunday 1 PM; Madison and the Constitution on Monday 1 PM. Visit the Gilmore Cabin & Freedman's Farm on Saturday to learn more about the struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction. 

January 17: Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at the 2 PM at the Visitor Center.      

January 18: Big Woods Walk
Hike through the National Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Guests will learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle mile loop. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

January 25: Working Woods Walk
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

February 7: Civil War Trail & Freedman's Farm Walking Tour
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Begins at 2 PM in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20. Free.

February 14-16: Montpelier Celebrates Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, Montpelier is offering special tours highlighting the arc of African American citizenship. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. The Gilmore Cabin & Freedman's Farm will be open on Saturday, February 14 from 11 AM - 4 PM. Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour will be available on Saturday at 2 PM at $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. Madison and Slavery Tour will be available on Sunday 1 PM at $20/adult, $7/child, and free/under 6.

February 14-16: Presidents' Day Celebration
On Sunday, February 15, esteemed historian David O. Stewart will launch his new book, Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America, which offers unprecedented views into Madison's achievements by highlighting his unique ability to collaborate with leaders from across the ideological spectrum - from Alexander Hamilton to First Lady Dolley Madison. Learn more about Madison's role as Father of the Constitution on the Madison and the Constitution Tour on Monday at 1 PM. Tour feeds: $20/adult; $7/child; free/under 6.

March 16: James Madison's Birthday
Commemorate the 264th birthday of America's fourth president and Father of the Constitution with the United States Marine Corps Band and Color Guard during this annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier. A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison's role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 1 PM. 

April 6: Homeschool Day
This day is designed specially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails, and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. 9 AM - 5 PM. $5/person; free/under 6.  

April 12: Big Woods Walk
Hike through the National Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Guests will learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle mile loop. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

April 18: Civil War Trail & Freedman's Farm Walking Tour
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Begins at 2 PM in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20. Free.

April 19: Working Woods Walk
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

April 25: Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at the 2 PM at the Visitor Center.      

June 20: Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at the 2 PM at the Visitor Center.      

July 12: Big Woods Walk
Hike through the National Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Guests will learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle mile loop. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

July 19: Working Woods Walk
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

August 15: Civil War Trail & Freedman's Farm Walking Tour
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Begins at 2 PM in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20. Free.

October 10: Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation, and finally, through the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at the 2 PM at the Visitor Center.      

October 18: Big Woods Walk
Hike through the National Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood climax forest composed of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Guests will learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison's role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle mile loop. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted. 

October 25: Working Woods Walk

Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. $10/person or $5/person with purchase of a mansion ticket. This guided tour begins at 2 PM at the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are permitted.

November 21: Civil War Trail & Freedman's Farm Walking Tour
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, on the site of an abandoned Confederate hut. Begins at 2 PM in the parking lot across from the Montpelier Station Train Depot on Route 20. Free.