Happy Birthday, Mr. Madison!


James Madison is having a birthday commemoration and you’re invited! March 16 marks the 261st anniversary of the fourth president’s birthday. We will have several opportunities for our visitors to mark the occasion.

In the Mansion — Montpelier’s curatorial team honors Madison’s 261st birthday with the public unveiling of the newly refurnished study, called “Mr. Madison’s Room” by nineteenth-century visitors to Montpelier. House tours begin at 9:30 a.m.

In the Grand Salon —The Center for the Constitution launches ConText, an online, crowd-sourced commentary of “Notes of Debates on the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison.” Presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m.

In the Madison Family Cemetery — The United States Marine Corps will present the Presidential Wreath from President Barack Obama, and several local organizations will also present wreaths. After the wreath layings, John A. Ragosta, resident fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, will give remarks entitled “Is James Madison Still Speaking to Us About Religious Freedom?” Ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.

Also, “James Madison” will be at Montpelier throughout the day to receive visitors. He loves to engage in conversation with guests, so please bring your questions, comments, and quick wit!

In honor of James Madison’s birthday, admission to Montpelier’s grounds and ceremony is FREE! House tours are only $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6-14. We hope you will join us to celebrate the birthday of the Father of the Constitution!

"Mr. Madison"








Montpelier Staff