James Madison's Montpelier

11407 Constitution Hwy, Orange, VA 22960


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A National Trust Historic Site, Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, father of the Constitution, and architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors seven days a week.

In addition to the two existing structures that date to James Madison’s lifetime–the mansion and a neoclassical temple–Montpelier also interprets a historic freedman’s cabin and a Jim Crow-era train depot and maintains more than 100 historic structures. 

Montpelier is home to 8+ miles of well-marked walking trails. Winding through horse pastures, wildflower meadows, and forests, including the Old-Growth Landmark Forest, the trails offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and intimate encounters with native plants and wildlife.