James Madison’s Montpelier
An HEAV-Sponsored Event
Enjoy a day at Montpelier designed especially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out. Tour the home of James and Dolly Madison, take a hike in the Landmark Forest, explore the gardens, take a seat at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, play early American games, and participate in many other programs and activities.
New this year! Tour the Mere Distinction of Colour exhibition, which offers visitors the unique opportunity to hear the stories of those enslaved at Montpelier told by their living descendants through modern interactive experiences. James Madison will be present to greet and interact with visitors!
Homeschool Day is held rain or shine. In the event of rain, certain activities will be canceled or moved to alternate locations. Picnic tables are available for those families that wish to pack their lunch, or food will be available for purchase from the Exchange Cafe. Strollers, food, and drinks are not permitted in the mansion during your tour.
Directions: Visit the website for complete directions.
From Richmond: Take I-64 W to US-15 via EXIT 136 towards Gordonsville/Palmyra. Turn right onto Route 15 N towards Gordonsville. Continue approximately 12 miles. Enter a roundabout and take the second exit to continue onto N Main St/US33/VA-231. Stay to the right to stay on Blue Ridge Turnpike/VA-231. Continue approximately six miles, then turn right onto Constitution Hwy/VA-20. After three miles, the Montpelier entrance will be on your right.
PLEASE NOTE: James Madison’s Montpelier IS NOT located in Montpelier, Virginia, which is a town located on Route 33, outside of Richmond. James Madison’s Montpelier is located in Orange County, just north of Charlottesville and southwest of Culpeper. Do not take Chicken Mountain Road (State Route 639). Please visit our website for further directions from various locations throughout the region: https://www.montpelier.org/visit/directions