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Department of Architecture and Historic Preservation


Public Engagement



The Architecture and Historic Preservation Department is responsible for the research, maintenance, and preservation of the built environment at Montpelier. This includes over 130 historic buildings spanning three centuries, as well as the ongoing reconstruction of the buildings in the South Yard.

Architecture and Historic Preservation Projects and Resources

The Architecture and Historic Preservation Department at Montpelier is responsible for so much more than the upkeep of the main house. Beginning in 2015, the department has actively been researching and reconstructing the South Yard, preserving various buildings across the site, and managing an architectural study collection of over 15,000 artifacts and documents. To learn more about these projects and more, click an image to the right.

Digging Deeper Blog

Our blog is the place to learn about the day to day projects happening in the Architecture and Historic Preservation department. No two days are the same at Montpelier, so our blog is a place to see what’s happening behind the scenes.

The Pink House

What is the Pink House? Nope, I am not talking about Barbie’s dream house, even though it may look similar. I am actually talking about ...
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The Naming Project: Judy

James Madison received John as a gift from his father, along with John’s mother Sinar and his five siblings. John accompanied Madison to Philadelphia in ...
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Preventative Measures In the House

“Good storage is preventive conservation.”   Storing Objects When you think of museum storage, what do you think of? Do you think of the giant ...
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Garden Statuary Care

Ever wonder how our garden statuary is cared for? Read here to find out more!
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James Madison's Montpelier, Orange County Virginia

Documenting Some Overlooked Buildings at Montpelier

An overview of the first week-long Building Documentation Expedition
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James Madison's Montpelier, Orange County Virginia

Subfloor Pits: Exploring Archaeological Discoveries in the Cellar of the Main House

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Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Dive into collections storage with this in-depth blog all about the ins and outs of storing Montpelier’s decorative arts collection.
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Ten Words with James Madison

How does your vocabulary match up to James Madison’s? Take our Madisonian Vocabulary Quiz and find out!
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What’s in a Number?

When looking at labels in your favorite museum, you might notice that the objects are referred to with specific sets of numbers. Sometimes a combination ...
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LEARN Log Building with Us!

Learn historic log building methods alongside preservation staff and historic craftsmen. No experience necessary!

The Team

Tessa Honeycutt, B.A.

former Architectural Technician
As an Architectural Technician in the Architecture and Historic Preservation Department, Tessa sorts and organizes architectural records relating to the restoration. She also aids in the management of the 3D model of the Madison house. Tessa graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation. As a historic preservationist, Tessa is passionate about documenting historic structures and the numerous stories they tell.

Jennifer Wilkoski Glass, MA.

former Director of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Montpelier
Jennifer Wilkoski Glass began her career at Montpelier with the Department of Architectural Research, working closely with historians and craftspeople on the restoration of Montpelier. She holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington, and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After the completion of the restoration, Jennifer moved to Williamsburg and worked with Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects. She returned to Montpelier in 2015 to lead the architectural reconstructions in the South Yard. Her research interests include 18th and early 19th-century Chesapeake architecture, traditional building practices, and historic preservation. Jennifer has since become a colleague at Colonial Williamsburg, accepting the title of Shirley and Richard Roberts Architectural Historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2020.