James Madison's Montpelier
This is an amazing place to visit. This is the home of president James Madison. This location is about a 50 minute drive from us, but the drive is very easy and peaceful.
James Madison wrote the constitution in the library here, looking at a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge.
Montpelier's grounds, gardens, and trails ONLY are open to the public Thursday-Monday, 9 AM-4 PM. Please visit our website for more details and to purchase a property pass.
Visit the lifelong plantation home of James Madison, the fourth U.S. President and the “Father of the Constitution”. Montpelier would also later become the home of his wife, Dolley, whose graciousness and hospitality inspired the term “First Lady”. Madison called this 2,700 acre estate “a squirrel’s…
The grounds of Montpelier are beautiful with wonderful walking paths and lost of history.
“A hop, skip and a scenic ride to another local favorite winery. Put it on you list!”
“Excellent food and service. At Barboursville vineyard and their own great wines are served. Check websites, outdoor service possible. ”
“As seen on various Food Network specials the BBQ Exchange is a must visit for amazing local VA BBQ. ”
“Fantastic French Restaurant. If you don't like the escargot - bring em back to Jack”
“Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel, with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda, welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began, and the railroads became a supply route transporting troops, supplies, and the wounded to Gordonsville. On March 1862, the Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital and provided care for over 70,000, both Confederate and captured Union soldiers. Between 1865 and 1877 during the reconstruction period, the hospital provided care and education to the newly freed slaves as a Freedmen’s Bureau. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this elegant building returned to its role of the hotel.”