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James Madison’s Montpelier

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October 2020

Virtual Montpelier Architecture Tour: Ghosthunters

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how architectural historians use ghost marks to understand buildings. Explore Montpelier’s built environment to locate our ghosts and the information they provide. Register now and we'll send you a Zoom link to participate. Time not convenient for you? No worries - we'll send you a link to the recorded tour afterward! Free/members; $10/nonmembers.

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November 2020

The Horses of Montpelier: Virtual Landscape Tour

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about the history of horses and equestrian life at Montpelier from the 18th century to the present: the horses owned by the Madison family, how horses were used on the plantation, and the lives of the enslaved community who cared for these animals. Hear stories of the equestrian pursuits of William and Marion duPont and the legacy of horse racing at Montpelier. Register now and we'll send you a link to participate. You'll also get a link to the…

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Virtual Specialty Tour with Q&A: “Madison & the Constitution”

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This tour highlights the life and career of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, as well as the political philosophies and debates embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the "spirit," not just the "letter," of America’s greatest document. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the tour. Register now and we'll send you a link to participate. You'll also get a link to the recorded tour afterward, so if…

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Montpelier Virtual Book Club: Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kelley Fanto Deetz will discuss her book “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine,” which was named as one of the top ten books on food of 2017 by the Smithsonian Magazine. Dr. Deetz, a historian and archaeologist, is the Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement at Stratford Hall. She holds a BA in Africana Studies and History from The College of William & Mary and an MA and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies…

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April 2021

Montpelier Wine & Archaeology Program

April 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - May 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

James Madison's Montpelier Excavate side-by-side with Montpelier’s expert archaeology staff through the Piedmont clays that make the region’s archaeology and wine internationally known. The program includes hands-on experiences with wine related artifacts, special lectures, behind-the-scenes tours of Montpelier, Barboursville Vineyard, and all meals and tastings. Participants will also receive VIP tickets to the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival! Tickets

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