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 3.5-mile Montpelier Loop Trail at 9 AM, learning about Madison's role as an early environmentalist, managing Montpelier today, tree identification, and more. A second walk will be offered at 1 PM.

There is free admission to the House 9:30 AM-5 PM, and hands-on history activities and colonial games around the grounds 10 AM-5 PM. Mr. Madison will be at home and receiving guests all day. Be sure to take in our award-winning 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 (10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM); Archaeology (11 AM and 1 PM), and Garden and Grounds (11 AM and 2 PM). The archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites will be open - come and learn about our newest discoveries!

In the Exchange Cafe at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and desserts for $12/adults, $6/kids. Or pack a lunch and picnic anywhere on Montpelier's 2,650 acres. Listen to live music while you eat.

On the other side of Route 20, the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman's farm, will be open and staffed by interpreters. Don't miss the restored 1910 Train Depot, housing the self-guided Jim Crow exhibition In the Time of Segregation