Mansion History

Mansion & Grounds

Restoration Returns the Madisons' Home to Montpelier

In November 2001, the Montpelier Foundation embarked on an extensive architectural survey of Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison. The purpose was to characterize the house that existed during the years of James Madison's retirement and in order to begin Montpelier's full restoration. 

Restoration of the Mansion was deemed complete on Constitution Day, September 17, 2008. Next the process of furnishing the Mansion began. Historians and curators continue to research documents that give insight into room use, décor and furnishings, and the Madisons’ lifestyle. Currently several rooms have been furnished and decorated to interpret the ca. 1820s Madison family home.