A Trip to Montpelier
Located in Orange County,Virginia, 26 miles from the Inn, Montpelier was the home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Madison and his wife Dolly. Madison returned to his childhood home as an adult to expand the plantation and live with his family. Today, the estate serves as a museum and a site for many popular annual events. After a $25 million renovation completed in 2008, the home has been brought back to its origional state replicating Madison's era and taking away additions made by subsequent owners. Much care was taken to ensure authentic methods and materials were used in the process.
- Hours January - March are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. April - October are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The address is 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957.
- Tickets are Adults, $18, Children ages 6-14, $7, Children under 6 yrs of age, no charge.
- The Signature Tour, the standard house tour, lasts for one hour.The Meet the Madisons Tour runs Friday and Saturday at 10 am for 90 minutes and is available by reservation only with 48 hours notice. A variety of other seasonal tours are available at http://www.montpelier.org/visit/tickets-and-tours/daily-tour-options.
- The ground are open to the public and include the duPont Formal Garden, South Yard slave quarters, cemeteries and forest trails.
- There are several very popular annual events at Montpelier. Montpelier Hunt Races takes place the first Saturday in November and is one of the only steeplchase race that uses traditional hedgerows as jumps. The Fall Fiber Festival takes place in October and features every aspect of textile manufacturing from sheep shearing to the finished product - yarn! The Sheep Dog Trails are one of the most popular events of the Festival! The Montpelier Wine Festival in May boasts a variety of activities from arts and crafts, agricultural displays, specialty food vendors and of course, Virginia Wine!
- Go to www.montpelier.org for more information.