The Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Skip to Navigation

James Madison's Montpelier

The lifelong home of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution" and fourth President of the United States, was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison's father c.1760. The house has been newly restored to the way it looked when James and Dolley Madison returned from Washington in 1817, following Madison's two terms as President. The 2,650-acre estate features the Madison mansion, 135 historic buildings, a steeplechase course, gardens, forests, the Gilmore Cabin, a farm, two galleries and an Education Center with permanent and changing exhibits, many archaeological sites and an Archaeology Laboratory.  There are also walking trails to the James Madison Landmark Forest, Mount Pleasant, a Confederate Civil War Encampment where Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia spent the winter, the Slave Cemetery and the Madison Family Cemetery - the final resting place of James and Dolley Madison.


Montpelier is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Hours are: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (November-March) and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (April-October).

Tour Information:
The Visitor Center provides maps and an audio guide that allows visitors to take a self-guided tour of the grounds. A guided briefing on the home’s restoration and tours of the first and second floors are included. There’s also an interactive model of the estate, a 15-minute film "Discovering Madison," a Café and a Museum Shop.
Admission Fee/Ticket Price:
Admission is $16.00 Adults; $8.00 Children (6-14 years); Free for Children under 6.
11407 Constitution Highway (4 miles south of Orange)
Montepelier Station, Virginia 22957
Directions to:

More about the area:

  • Orange, VA

    The Town of Orange became Orange County's judicial seat in 1749 when Culpeper County was cut off, making the previous courthouse location at Raccoon Ford very far from the center of the County. The present...

    read more

Local Tourism Resources:

  • Orange County Tourism and Visitors Bureau
    122 E. Main St.
    Orange, Virginia 22960
    540-672-1653 or 877-222-8072
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm / 7 Days a Week
Back to top