Families and Kids


Montpelier is fun for all ages!

Its 2,650 acres give kids a chance to run, play and enjoy the country. The young ones enjoy seeing the horses in the fields, and watching the train go by under the bridge. For restless children under six, the mansion hosts a “Children’s Getaway” with educational toys, books, and a rocker for mom and dad. The Courtyard Café has high chairs so the whole family can enjoy a bite to eat. All of our tours are family-friendly!

Kid-specific hands-on activities include:

  • Dolley’s Cellar — Learn how food was prepared, stored, and cooked in Dolley’s day.
  • Kid-Sized Archaeology — At the archaeology lab, dig for treasure like a real archaeologist! See the drawers of discovered artifacts and use the touch screen to learn how archaeologists work.
  • Nature Trails — Montpelier features 3+ miles of easy-going foot trails through old growth forest where children can learn about Virginia's native flora.
  • Cooking Demonstration - weekends-  Learn about the culinary traditions and the work of Montpelier’s enslaved community who made possible Dolley’s backyard BBQs and stately dinners.
  • Tool Tent – weekends-  Montpelier was once home to many skilled enslaved craftspeople. Come by the Tool Tent to see the tools of their trade, learn how they built barns, houses, and furniture, and test your own handiwork!

More children's activities include:

Mud Camp (June 2014)
Available for grades 3-6, Mud Camp offers children a chance to explore Montpelier's vast acreage of woods, fields, and streams in this week-long day camp. Campers hike, play outdoor games, do crafts, learn about local ecology and - you guessed it - get muddy!

Homeschool Day at Montpelier (April 6, 2015) 
Hands-on activities, games, guided lessons for families with children. Admission covers house tours and full access to Montpelier grounds and regular offerings.

Family archaeology programs (August 2014)--take your family on a week-long archaeology adventure--come to Montpelier and experience life at the dig site.  


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