Montpelier's Inaugural Homeschool Day



When Dolley Madison’s good friend, the author Margaret Bayard Smith, visited Montpelier in 1809, Dolley asked Margaret why she hadn’t brought her children to visit, too. Margaret said she feared inconveniencing the Madisons, to which Dolley responded with a laugh, “I should not have known they were here, among all the rest, for at this moment we have only three and twenty in the house.”

It’s clear that Dolley Madison really loved having company, and she especially loved the company of children at Montpelier. So we think Dolley would be quite pleased at the announcement of Montpelier’s first ever Homeschool Day. On April 1st, 2013, families with children will receive $5 admission per person, with children under 6 in for free.

Montpelier’s broad back lawn, forest trails, cellars, and even Mr. Madison’s Temple will play classroom to numerous special activities covering all matters Madisonian. You can play the same games that James Madison did, or sit in on the Constitutional Convention; read from James’ bookshelf, or hear the stories from Montpelier’s enslaved community; take a guided hike of our old-growth forest or, of course, enjoy a guided tour of the Madisons’ beloved home.

Pack a picnic (we’ll provide the shade trees) and prepare for a full day of discovery at James Madison’s Montpelier.


Homeschool Day at Montpelier

Date: April 1, 2013

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mansion Tours: Every half hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Price: $5 per person, children under 6-years-old free


Contact Ellen Blackmon at with any questions.

Ellen Blackmon