History in your Hand: Finding a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal

Terry P. Brock

June 11, 2015 -- Montpelier archeologists discovered a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal this past week, a discovery that sheds light on the lives of the Madisons and the enslaved community at Montpelier. 

Montpelier Celebrates 10th Annual Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon with Judy Woodruff

Giles Morris

May 20, 2015 - Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, delivered the keynote address at the 10th annual Dolley Madison Legacy Luncheon.

Virginia Schools Dominate Constitution Competition

Emily Voss

April 30, 2015 - Students from Richmond, Virginia’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and Douglas S. Freeman High School placed second and third at the national “We The People: the Citizen and the Constitution” civics competition held this week in Washington, D.C. 

A View from James Madison's Library: Religious Freedom

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

April 16, 2015—In recent weeks, Indiana and Arkansas have both been under fire for passing Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs).  The acts of these two states mirror many similar state laws, as well as a federal law that was passed with broad bipartisan support in 1993, but they also include some noteworthy differences.

The Montpelier Foundation Enters New Era of Restoration at South Yard Enslaved Community Site

Caroline Godfrey

April 14, 2015 - Montpelier Hosts South Yard Groundbreaking Ceremony with John Franklin of the Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum and Jennings-descendant Margaret Jordan to Commemorate David Rubenstein Gift. 

Return to the South Yard: Locating the Montpelier Smokehouses

Terry P. Brock, PhD

March 24, 2015 - This season, the Montpelier Archaeology Department will begin excavations in the South Yard, looking for the two smokehouses identified on an 1837 Insurance Map.

Margaret H. Jordan, Descendant of Former Madison Slave Paul Jennings, Join The Montpelier Foundation Board of Directors

Caroline Godfrey

March 17, 2015 - Margaret H. Jordan of Dallas, Texas, a direct descendant of James Madison’s enslaved manservant, Paul Jennings, has joined The Montpelier Foundation Board of Directors. 

Congress v. President on Foreign Policy

Dr. Lynn Uzzell

March 16, 2015 - Last week, a group of 47 Republican senators signed an “open letter” to the Iranian government, warning them that any agreement they reached with President Obama might be of short duration.

Nancy N. Campbell, Dennis M. Campbell, Margaret H. Jordan, Alan Taylor Elected to Montpelier Foundation Board


February 6, 2015 - The Montpelier Foundation announces new members of the Board of Directors including Nancy N. Campbell, Dennis M. Campbell, Margaret H. Jordan, and Alan Taylor.

The Archaeology Department Heads to Seattle!!

Terry P. Brock

December 31, 2014 - Next week, Montpelier's Archaeology Department will head to Seattle, Washington to participate in the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meetings!