** Online reservations for this travel program are closed. If you are interested in being placed on a wait list, please contact Cathy Boe at (804) 342-9657 or at cathy@VirginiaHistory.org. **
Join us for this members-only bus trip to James Madison's Montpelier, where we will tour the mansion, enjoy lunch onsite, and visit the Gilmore Cabin and the restored 1910 Train Depot.
Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth President of the United States, and his beloved wife Dolley, America’s first “First Lady.” Located in the rolling hills of Virginia’s Piedmont, Montpelier has undergone an extensive $25-million restoration project to bring the mansion back to its 1820 appearance as it appeared during Madison’s tenure as owner. As a memorial to James Madison and the Enslaved Community, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education, Montpelier engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.
Please join us on this special tour of James Madison’s Montpelier. Our day includes a special presentation at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, guided tours of the mansion and the groundbreaking exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour. We will enjoy lunch onsite and end our day with a stop at the Gilmore Cabin, the first freedman’s site in the United States, and the restored 1910 Train Depot, providing us with a glimpse into the African American struggle for civil rights.
Montpelier was designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Virginia Journeys is a members-only travel program.
The reservation fee includes admission to the various sites, lunch, snacks and beverages provided while in transit, and transportation.
The reservation fee is nonrefundable. If a patron must cancel their reservation, we will treat the fee as a charitable contribution and the patron will receive a receipt for their tax purposes.