• James Madison's Montpelier to Convene Law Enforcement Training on U.S. Constitution

    Caroline Godfrey

    August 29, 2014 - Montpelier will host members of the law enforcement community for training on the U.S. Constitution

  • "Mrs. Madison ordered dinner to be ready at 3 as usual"

    Kyle M. Stetz

    August 26, 2014- 200 years ago this past weekend Paul Jennings set a table for dinner in Washington, D.C.  That meal was never consumed by the Madisons or their invited guests.  War had literally come to the doorstep, and dinner table, of the President's House.


  • Discovering the 18th Century Landscape at Montpelier, Part I

    Terry P. Brock

    August 21, 2014 - The discovery of an 18th century landscape wall by our archaeology team has shed a new light on the 18th and 19th century landscape at Montpelier.

  • "will not fail to be excellent..."

    Kyle M. Stetz

    August 18, 2014- A “Virginia Housewife” and “A Lady of Philadelphia” provided our Demonstration Kitchen interpreters with recipes this weekend.  Find out what these American and international recipes were on our Menu of the Week.  


  • Montpelier Welcomes BBQ Exchange

    Caroline Godfrey

    August 7, 2014 - The BBQ Exchange of Gordonsville brings destination dining to Montpelier's Visitor Center. 

  • A Teacher Reflects on Montpelier

    Sean Klaver, Colonial Beach High School
    U.S. History and U.S. Government Teacher

    July 30, 2014—Great educators are always looking for ways to improve their craft and for additional resources to bring into their classroom. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that most teachers are life-long learners who are driven by their curiosity and their love of the subject that they teach. In pursuing opportunities for professional growth, I was directed to a seminar in one of the most unexpected places: Montpelier, the home of James Madison. 

  • For Dessert: Lemon Bomboons

    Kyle M. Stetz

    July 28--  Find out what Lemon Bomboons are as well as what other recipes our interpreters prepared this weekend in the Demonstration Kitchen.


  • "There was before us..."

    Kyle M. Stetz

    July 21, 2014-- What food appeared on the Madison's dining table?  George C. Shattuck provides us with an answer to that question on a visit to Montpelier in 1835.  Continuing with our new series, "Menu of the Week," see what recipes our interpreters used to recreate Shattuck's meal at Montpelier. 

  • Expanding Our Search: More Excavations at the Southwest Yard

    Terry Brock

    July 14, 2014 - Our summer excavations continue their investigations of the Southwest Yard of the Montpelier Mansion, revealing additional features relating to Madison's 18th and 19th century landscape.

  • New Series: Menu of the Week

    Kyle M. Stetz

    July 14, 2014--From April through October, guests to Montpelier have the opportunity to visit three experiential venues around the site: the Gilmore Cabin—a freedman’s farm, the Hands-On Tool Tent, and the Demonstration Kitchen Tent.  The focus of this post, and future posts, will be to highlight a selection of Madison-era recipes prepared in our Kitchen Tent.