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Commemoration of 273rd Anniversary of James Madison’s Birth at Montpelier

March 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

In honor of James Madison’s birthday, the United States Marine Corps Color Guard will lay the presidential wreath at the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier. The ceremony will begin at 11 AM and is free and open to the public.

Highlights of Montpelier Tour” – 10 AM – 3 PM: Guided indoor/outdoor tour offered every half hour. You are encouraged to purchase your tickets online prior to your visit.

Specialty Tours

Constitution Tour – 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM: This one hour tour explores the origins of the Constitution at Montpelier and the legacy it leaves today.

Enslaved Community Tour – 1:30 PM: This walking tour of significant sites examines 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.

Bill of Rights Walking Tour – 2 PM: This outdoor walking tour explores James Madison’s primary role as “Architect” of the Bill of Rights.

Other Activities

Mr. Madison Will be at Home and Receiving Guests – Visitors have an opportunity to engage with James Madison in all his genius and complexity. Mr. Madison will discuss a range of topics, from his life at Montpelier to the writing of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Bowles Southern Fried food truck will be onsite and serving delicious chicken, fish, and lots of sides from 11 AM-2 PM.


March 16
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


James Madison’s Montpelier
11350 Constitution Hwy
Montpelier Station, 22957
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