The 2016 Archaeology Season: Completing the South Yard Excavation

Terry P. Brock, PhD

April 6, 2016 - The 2016 archaeology excavation season is upon us! Read about the archaeology team's plans for excavating Nelly's Kitchen and the last South Yard slave dwelling this summer.

A Masonic Pipe and the African American Experience at Montpelier

Terry P. Brock

March 9, 2016 - This past summer, visiting descendants of the enslaved community worked with archaeologists and made a unique discovery in the South Yard: a pipe bowl with a Masonic symbol on it. 

Smokehouses Rediscovered

Matthew Reeves
Terry Brock

December 31, 2015 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department has completed their summer field excavations, revealing the location of two smokehouses! 

A View from James Madison's Library: Political "Campaigns": Part 1

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

Much has changed since America’s Founding.  Certain reforms, such as the secret ballot, have diminished the chances of blatant electoral bribery.  Then again, other changes have transformed the political campaign from a discreet mixture of secret deals, lavish hospitality, and personal loyalties into a very noisy national pastime, a chronic pestilence, and a multi-billion-dollar industry. 

A View from James Madison's Library: Elections and Corruption

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

It is said that there are only two elections in Washington, D.C.: the last election and the next election.  The summer of 2015 has not yet come to a close and already the next presidential election seems to be getting into full swing—more than a year before Election Day!  As the esteemed members of the electorate rev up (or steel themselves) for another season of mudslinging, robocalls, and Super PACs, it might be interesting to hearken back to elections of yore.  How do the political campaigns that we experience today compare to those that James Madison was familiar with?  

Montpelier Archaeology on Nat Geo "Diggers"

Terry P. Brock, PhD

July 20th, 2015 - Tonight at 10:30 pm EST, the The Montpelier Foundation's Archaeology Department will be featured on the National Geographic Channel's Metal Detecting Program, Diggers.

A View from James Madison's Library: Export-Import Bank

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

July 17, 2015 -- Do subsidies to individual industries really create jobs and promote national interests generally, or do they corrupt government, serve only the interests of well-heeled and well-connected businesses, and increase income inequality? This debate has a long history in the United States.

A View from James Madison's Library: Redistricting

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

 June 23, 2015 - Although many of the specific issues relating to today’s redistricting fights are unique to our own time and place, the underlying principles (as well as the underlying political dynamics) have been with us from the beginning. 

Elizabeth Chew named Vice President of Museum Programs

Giles Morris

June 11, 2015 -- Elizabeth Chew, Ph.D. will join James Madison’s Montpelier as its new Vice President of Museum Programs. Beginning on August 24, Dr. Chew will oversee all of the organization’s curatorial and educational programs in addition to spearheading research, archaeology, and acquisition initiatives.

Inaugural ‘Roundtable’ brings top Madison scholars to Montpelier

Giles Morris

June 6, 2015 - Montpelier hosted 16 of the nation’s premiere scholars at its first annual Roundtable on James Madison and the American Constitution.