Gilmore Cabin at James Madison's Montpelier

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11407 Constitution Hwy Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Enter the home of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810, and visualize the life he built for his family after Emancipation. This site highlights the continuing struggle for African Americans during Reconstruction and the Gilmore family's eventual ownership of the land and citizenship. The Gilmore Cabin site is open to visitors every day for a self-guided tour; the property is staffed Saturday-Sunday, April through October, from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Located on Rt. 20 across from Montpelier's main entrance. Admission is free.

Two free tours are offered seasonally. The "Journey from Slavery to Freedom" walking and driving tour visits sites of enslavement near the Madison House, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. The "Civil War Trail and Gilmore Farm" walking tour retraces the steps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street, concluding at the Gilmore Cabin. For more information on these tours, visit



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