In honor of Black History Month, Montpelier is offering special tours during Presidents' Day Weekend highlighting the arc of African American citizenship. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned through Emancipation and Reconstruction, into Jim Crow segregation and, finally, through the Civil Rights Movement.
Madison and the Constitution Tour Saturday-Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour Saturday at 1 p.m.; Montpelier's Enslaved Community Sunday-Monday at 1 p.m. Visit the Gilmore Cabin & Freedman's Farm on Saturday to learn more about the struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction. Visit the self-guided Jim Crow exhibit, "In the Time of Segregation," open daily at the 1910 Trail Depot.
Bring the family and spend the day: Take a tour of the Madisons' home and any of our specialty tours, visit the Madison Family and slave cemeteries, and walk along 8+ miles of trails through old-growth forests, meadows, and horse pastures. Recharge at the Exchange Cafe, which offers award-winning barbeque, kids' menu, specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Visit the Museum Shop for locally-sourced products made by Virginia artisans, children's toys, and an impressive selection of books.