Join Us!

Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of James Madison's Montpelier.

Begin the day with an interpreter-led "We the People" trail walk on the 3.55-mile Montpelier Loop Trail at 9:30 a.m., learning about Madison's role as an early environmentalist, managing Montpelier today, tree identification, the duPonts, and more.

There is free admission to the house 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and hands-on history activities and colonial games around the grounds 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Mr. Madison will be at home and will be receiving guests all day. Be sure to take in our newest permanent exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour. Take the family on a wagon ride around the historic core.

Enjoy a variety of walking tours: Montpelier's Enslaved Community; Gardens & Grounds; and Dig It! Archaeology Tour. The archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites will be open - come and learn about our latest discoveries!

On the other side of Route 20, the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman's farm, will be open and and staffed by interpreters. The restored 1910 Train Depot housing the self-guided Jim Crow exhibition In the Time of Segregation also will be open.

The award-winning Barbeque Exchange will be offering a delicious Edna Lewis-inspired buffet lunch that includes fried chicken, pulled pork, Brunswick stew, hoppin' John, and more, from 11 AM-4 PM for $14/adults, $7/10 and under. Listen to live music from Pickin' Daisies, Apple Butter Soul, and Pretty Little Miss while you eat. Or bring a picnic and spread out over 2,650 acres. Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Castle Hill Cider will be onsite; enjoy an adult beverage or two with your barbeque!

All tours begin at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.