Research & Collections

Montpelier Residents—From 1720 to Today

Since the 1720s, when this land was first inhabited by the Madison family and their enslaved laborers, Montpelier has been home to hundreds of individuals. Learn more about James and Dolley Madison, John Payne Todd, Ambrose and Francis Madison, James and Nelly Madison Sr., William and Annie duPont, Marion duPont Scott and other post-Madison owners, as well as the hundreds of slaves who worked and lived at Montpelier, including Paul Jennings, Ralph and Catherine Taylor, and George Gilmore.


Slave Settled Montpelier

Madison family slaves were the first to establish Montpelier as a homestead for the Madisons, years before the family moved from the Tidewater area.