Decor & Furnishings

Mansion & Grounds


Bringing Back the Home that James and Dolley Created and Loved

Dolley sold Montpelier after James Madison’s death, and sold or gave away the contents of the home before moving to Washington D.C. Now, more than 150 years later, the curators at James Madison’s Montpelier are  busy researching on the family's daily life and material culture.

The search for original objects is also underway. Inventories, diaries, journal entries, memoirs, probate records, tax records, and oral history provide extensive details about furnishings and room use. When possible, rooms have been furnished and restored to interpret the ca. 1820s Madison home.

Drawing Room

Joe and Marge Grills Gallery,
Treasures of Montpelier
Visit the Grills Gallery, with rotating exhibits, including the Madisons’ personal items.