A Place of National Prominence
The Montpelier Foundation, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 to manage Montpelier, James Madison’s lifelong home, located in Orange, Va. Settled in the 1720s by James Madison’s grandfather, Montpelier was home to three generations of Madisons, serving as James Madison’s home until his death in 1836. Beginning with its sale by the widowed Dolley Madison in 1844, the property passed through several private owners before it was transferred in 1984 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which opened it to the public in 1987. The Foundation assumed full administrative and fiscal responsibility for the 2,650-acre site in 2000.
Montpelier welcomed nearly 125,000 visitors in 2012. Visitors and program attendees include local, regional, national, and international audiences that include seasonal travelers, community residents, professionals, senior citizens, adults, and children. Montpelier’s home and grounds are a powerful setting in which to introduce visitors to key concepts of the Constitution and its relevance for modern life, as well as to celebrate the life, character, and enduring achievements of the Madisons. Of Montpelier’s 2,650 acres, approximately 200 acres comprise the historic core, which includes the Madison home, active archaeological excavations, the Madison family and slave cemeteries, and a formal garden. Additional features include the James Madison Landmark Forest (an adjoining old-growth forest with more than two miles of walking trails), a restored freedman’s home built by former Montpelier slaves, a 1910 train depot that features a self-guided exhibit about segregation, and a walking trail through a Confederate Army encampment site. In addition, the Foundation established the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution in 2002 as a non-partisan educational institution that teaches constitutional principles and theory (e.g., self-government, individual rights, popular sovereignty, rule of law, separation of church and state, federalism).
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