Montpelier Temporarily Closed

Our primary concern in the management of the Montpelier estate is the safety and well-being of our guests, visitors, and staff. Out of an abundance of caution, we believe cancelling the ceremony is the most prudent course of action while the coronavirus is still active in our communities.

The Montpelier Foundation will close James Madison’s Montpelier to visitors beginning Saturday, March 14, in response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Montpelier will remain closed until further notice. This closure impacts the House, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, The Exchange Cafe, galleries, gardens, and trails.

We are monitoring and evaluating developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health in order to protect the safety and health of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and community. Their recommendations will inform our decision as to when we will re-open to the public. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to James Madison’s Montpelier. For regular updates, please visit