Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was quoted as saying, after losing the election of 1808 to James Madison, that "I was beaten by Mr. and Mrs. Madison. I might have had a better chance had I faced Mr. Madison alone." 

Dolley Madison, known as America's first First Lady, was a dynamic and revered figure who seamlessly melded politics and society. Learn about her sweeping influences on fashion and popular culture, and meet some of the other dynamic and strong women—enslaved and free—who founded, farmed, managed, and maintained Montpelier over the past 300 years.