James Madison's Montpelier
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Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, father of the Constitution, and architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors seven days a week. House tours are complemented by the nationally acclaimed exhibition "The Mere Distinction of Colour," along with walking tours, galleries, the Museum Shop, the Madison family and slave cemeteries, an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites, formal gardens, over 8 miles of forest trails, and award-winning barbecue at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation and is a National Trust Historic Site. Montpelier is a monument to James Madison and the enslaved community, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison's most powerful idea: government by the people.