Adult Group Tour Options
Choose between a Montpelier Signature Tour...
$16 per person, minimum 20 people
Or an In-Depth Experience...
$19 per person, minimum 20 people
The Inspiration: Madison and the Constitution – Freedom, democracy, and the ideas that inspired a nation and changed the world come alive in this tour featuring the life and career of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, as well as the political philosophies and debates embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the "spirit" not just the "letter" of America’s greatest document.
“The Mere Distinction of Colour": Madison and Slavery – The most taboo subject in American history, slavery is a great paradox of America, a slave-holding nation that declared to the world that “all men are created equal.” Learn about the historical establishment of slavery in America, the enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and James Madison's personal struggles over the institution.
"The Genius of This House": The Women of Montpelier –From Montpelier’s first matron Francis Madison to the dynamic Dolley and the indomitable Marion duPont Scott, this tour introduces the diverse, dynamic, and strong women—enslaved and free—who founded, farmed, managed, and maintained the Montpelier estate during the last 300 years while pushing the boundaries of their circumscribed lives.
Or consider adding any of these special focus tours to your group's Signature Tour...
$19 per person, minimum 20 people
Garden and Grounds — Explore both the natural and human landscape at Montpelier — home to champion native trees, rare flowers, unique specimen plantings, and 200 years of landscaping that is still being revealed daily by Montpelier's archaeologists.
The Gilmore Cabin: A Freedman's Farm — Visit the home of an emancipated family after the Civil War, and learn what life was like for newly freed slaves striving to make their way as citizens.
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.
Civil War Trail and Confederate Encampment — Parts of the Confederate army parked in Montpelier's woods over the winter of 1863–1864. On this tour you will see the archaeological remains of those camps, and the recreated huts re-enactors have built to represent them.
$500 per group, up to 25 people
Curatorial Experience — Join Montpelier's curators and examine the latest discoveries and research in the Presidential Detective Story. Discussion subjects vary, but can include ceramics, artwork, furniture, and the Presidential Library.
Restoration Experience — Join Montpelier's Director of Restoration for an illustrated overview of the architectural evolution of Montpelier from 1763 until today, highlighting the research, process, and execution of work.
Archaeological Experience — Take a behind-the-scenes look at the archaeology lab. Learn how archaeologists restore ceramics, conserve iron, and process all artifacts at the lab. A tour of the active dig site is included when excavations are in progress.
Constitutional Experience — Join Montpelier's Constitutional Expert and discuss how Madison's work is still relevant and influences people's lives around the world today.
Reservations will be scheduled based on availability. For more information or to inquire about availability please contact Christy Moriarty, Tourism Coordinator:
Spend a week immersed in an Archaeology Expedition at Montpelier, home of the Father of the Constitution. Stay at Montpelier, or in a luxury local bed & breakfast.