Currently on display in the south wing of the Montpelier mansion is A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812. The exhibit uses innovative technology to immerse visitors in the decisions faced by Madison as Great Britain violated American trading rights and impressed sailors into the British navy. With the turn of a ship’s wheel in “Madison at the Helm,” visitors can view the consequences of diplomacy, economic coercion, war, or inaction. A touch-screen map illustrates how the war played out on land and at sea. Panel displays offer insight into topics ranging from native American and African American involvement in the war to Madison’s commitment to uphold Constitutional rights as a war president.
A War of 1812-themed installation is also on display in the Grills Gallery. Exhibited objects include several Madison manuscripts, pamphlets, and a drum belonging to William Madison.
Last Updated: 2/6/2014 2:58 PM