December 14, 2017

Take a Photo Tour of James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, fourth President of the United States, and primary architect of the Bill of Rights. But this 2,600-acre property in the Virginia Piedmont is more than the home of a founding father. From its work with the descendants of Montpelier's enslaved community, to its heritage walking trails, to its extensive archaeology research project, this Historic Site has gone above and beyond the typical role of a traditional house museum. Learn more about the work of the Montpelier Foundation through the photos below.

African-American History: Telling the Story of Slavery at Montpelier

When we visit the historic places that once belonged to some of history's most renowned leaders, we might not expect to learn much about the enslaved communities who lived there. But more and more, historic sites are bringing enslaved people into focus.

By: Christy Moriarty, Montpelier

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