Save the Dates!

Mark your calendar for these four new walking tours, each of which offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes examination of how our architectural historians restore and reconstruct significant structures.

  • March 24: "The Montpelier Restoration" - This architecturally-focused tour of the House emphasizes the five-year, $24 million groundbreaking restoration.
  • POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER/STAY TUNED FOR RESCHEDULED DATE: "The Reconstruction of the South Yard" - Learn about the research behind the buildings, how they were constructed using traditional building techniques, and how they were used by the enslaved community.
  • August 25: "The Temple" - From 1809 to 1812, James Dinsmore, a highly-skilled house joiner, renovated and expanded Montpelier. Learn about Disnmore's unique construction techniques, his connections to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, and the recently discovered red roof of Madison's Temple.
  • October 20: "Ghosthunters" - Learn how architectural historians use ghost marks, explore how buildings are constructed and modified, and discover how the historians use that information to restore buildings.