Gilmore Cabin at James Madison's Montpelier

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11407 Constitution Hwy Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Visit the former 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 located on Rt. 20 across from Montpelier's main entrance and can be visited during Montpelier's normal operating hours.  Admission is free.


Visitors to the Gilmore Cabin can also walk the Civil War Trail at Montpelier, located behind the cabin. A path is carved from the cabin to a reconstructed camp street. For more information on this trail, visit


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