James Madison’s Montpelier

About Montpelier


Built in 1760, Montpelier is the home of President James Madison and Dolley Madison, America’s first “First Lady.” Montpellier contains historic grounds, gardens, archeological sites, and over eight miles of walking trails. The estate serves as a monument in remembrance of James Madison and a collection of American history. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn more about the American Constitution. Together, these components display Madison’s most cherished idea, government by the people.

Always immersed in the future of his country, Madison soon acquired roles in politics. Although Madison took particular concern in the struggle between the colonies and Great Britain, he started off in local government. Before his election to the Virginia legislature in 1776, he served in Orange county. Later, he came to serve a much more monumental title. Prior to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Madison drafted the Virginia Plan, providing the framework for the United States Constitution. As the Father of the Constitution, Madison played a crucial role in the nation’s existence.

Come experience the residence of this earlier political activist and beloved first lady. Located near the Barboursville Vineyards, Montpelier is the perfect stop for those looking to extend their day in Orange County. With spectacular architecture and profound history, visitors are sure to leave this timeless site in amazement.

Location & Hours

11350 Constitution Highway Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Montpelier is currently open everyday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To see the hours for a particular day, click HERE.



For general information and inquiries call (540) 672-2728   x450

Website: https://www.montpelier.org



Signature Tour
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, every half hour
1 hour and includes a tour of the mansion – Adults $22, Kids $9
The classic, keystone experience of Montpelier touches on a little bit of everything: Madison the man, The Constitution & Bill of Rights, Slavery – Madison’s worst regret – and Dolley Madison, America’s first First Lady.

Madison & The Constitution
Daily at 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM
1 hour and includes a tour of the mansion – Adults $22, Kids $9
Liberty, democracy, and the ideas that inspired a nation and changed the world come alive in this tour. Gain a deeper understanding of one of our country’s most influential documents, and the man who inspired its creation.

Dolley Madison & The Women of Montpelier
1 hour and includes a tour of the mansion – Adults $22, Kids $9
Henry Clay once said, “Everyone loves Mrs. Madison.” Learn how a young Quaker widow deftly manipulated boundaries to fashion a persona that shaped Washington culture and forged a role for the First Lady.

Discovering Montpelier: A Family-Friendly Tour
Daily at 10:00 AM, Weekends at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
1 hour and includes a tour of the House – Adults $22, Kids $9
On this hands-on tour for children and families, discover the artifacts, documents, paintings, and the House itself to learn about Montpelier, the Madisons, and the enslaved community.

Montpelier’s Enslaved Community
Included in price of admission
Daily at 12:00 PM & 2:30 PM (Saturdays at 12:00 PM only through October 28)
This walking tour of significant sites examines the one of America’s largest paradoxes: a nation where “all men are created equal” built by those who are denied the exact freedoms they were laboring to establish.

Open to the public
Included in price of admission
This groundbreaking exhibition uses slavery to connect the past to the present though the lens of the Constitution, and honestly examines the paradox that is America’s founding era.

For more information on prices and tours at Montpelier, click HERE.

Plan Your Day


Take the ToursCome experience this unique and dynamic cultural institution that connects the past to the present through the lens of the American Constitution. Learn more HERE.







Montpelier TrailsWith over eight miles of walking trails, Montpelier offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and other Central Virginia wildlife. Learn more HERE.






Montpelier Mere Distinction of ColourMontpelier features numerous exhibits, including The Mere Distinction of Colour, a multimillion dollar exhibition examining the history and legacies of slavery at Montpelier and nationwide. Learn more HERE.






Exchange CafeAfter a long day of tours and hikes, enjoy delicious sandwiches, salads, and bbq at Montpelier’s Exchange Cafe. Learn more HERE.








Barboursville VineyardsLooking to explore more of Orange County after Montpelier? Stroll, picnic, or sample in Barboursville Vineyard’s Tuscan Tasting Room every day of the week. Learn more HERE.







Market at GrelenExtend your day in Orange County by experiencing The Market at Grelen’s Casual Cafe menu of lunch, appetizers, Virginia beer, cider, and wine. Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Restaurant Listing  our blog.