The Retirement Years(1817-1844)

Research & Collections

James and Dolley Madison finally retired from public service in 1817, though the "Old Sage" of Montpelier and his gracious wife would never truly fall from public view.  Montpelier during the Retirement Years would host state visitors, politicians, and numerous friends and family.  Sites such as the kitchen trash dump—a midden—affectionately referred to as "Dolley's Midden" and the landscaping of the South Yard and Rear Lawn attest to the parties and barbeques offered to guests.

Click on a red star on the map, below, to learn about the archaeological sites of Montpelier during this period.