Credit: Google
Original Author: Encyclopedia Virginia
Created: July 2014
Publisher: Google

Virtual Tour of Montpelier

This is a virtual tour of Montpelier, the Orange County plantation home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. In 1864, enslaved laborers built the original two-story brick home for Madison's father, James Madison Sr. When the former president returned in 1797 to live at Montpelier with his new wife, Dolley Todd Madison, they decided to remodel the house. Enslaved craftsmen and laborers built a thirty-foot extension of the house as well as a portico. Montpelier is a museum open to the public.