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Wine Festival at Montpelier

Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialy food vendors; live music; "cooking with wine" classes; children's entertainment and rides; and tastings all day. This event features 24 local area wineries.

Wine Festival Admission, Mansion Tour - $15 per person/$5 for designated drivers (not drinking wine) in advance. $25 at the door.

 

Mansion

James and Dolley regularly welcomed guests to Montpelier and the centerpiece of the Montpelier experience is the Mansion. The guided first floor tour takes visitors through the Drawing Room, filled with art and conversation pieces and the dining room where they hosted dinner parties for distinguished guests, friends and family. Also included is the Presidential Library, which is filled with books and maps that reveal the brilliant mind of James Madison.

Décor & Furnishings

See the furnishings, books, and art that reveal the brilliant mind of President, James Madison and the lively personality of our beloved First Lady, Dolley Madison. These objects and decorative items reflect their curiosities, interests and personalities.

Landscape

Montpelier offers 2,650 acres of rolling hills, spacious horse pastures, and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plan to spend some time enjoying the gardens and grounds. Just north of the mansion, you can stand in the Temple where James Madison contemplated democracy, and take in the view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Just behind the Mount Pleasant site lies the Madison Family Cemetery—the final resting place of James and Dolley Madison.

Annie duPont Garden

Wander the two-acre Annie duPont Formal Garden featuring formal walkways, sweeping beds, an herb garden, and magnificent marble lions and urns. Established in Madison's time, the Garden was renovated by Annie duPont in the early 1900s.

James Madison’s Landmark Forest

The James Madison Landmark Forest is a 200-acre old-growth forest that offers miles of walking trails for beginning and experience hikers alike. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Forest a National Natural Landmark in 1987. Several prize-winning trees live in the Forest.

Post-Madison Features

Follow the path of American History from the Civil War, through emancipation and segregation. Leisurely hike Montpelier’s Civil War trail to see the archaeological remains of a Confederate winter camp, and a reconstructed camp street. The trail ends at freedman George Gilmore’s home for a rare look at life after slavery. Visit the 1910 Train Depot for a glimpse at the segregated south and consider African American’s final struggle for Civil Rights.

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  • Barbara

    Gail, we got the kite kits for the children on Sunday, all was good. Thank you all for coming down, we go there every year to do this festival. No ghosts were evident in the house last night, however an alarm clock went on in the other bedroom where no none was staying so that was strange. I'm going th chalk that one up to the previous person staying there may have left it on. hmmmmm... Barbara

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great venue and nice selection of wines! Thanks Gail!

    May 5, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Had a great time. Enjoyed the wines and the company.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Worth the trip.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Day! Many wines and a small but nice group of meetup people

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I bought two discount tickets (two for $27). I plan to get there around 1:30pm. If you want one of the tickets (I'll split the cost with you), give me a call at[masked] before 1:30pm if possible. I can meet you at the entrance.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starts at 11:00

    May 4, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Ken and I will be arriving later. Have fun.

    May 4, 2013

  • Cheryl

    You can get a deal on tickets, 2 for $25 at Dave's deal of the day - wgrq.halfoffdeals.com. I get lots of deals from them. Wish I could join you tomorrow.

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect. Thank you.

      May 4, 2013

    • Steve R

      Great. I just got it. See you at 10:00.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, I had to bow out .see at next meet up

    May 3, 2013

  • Suzann D

    so sorry to miss this.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family obligations during the day. Can't make it. Sorry!

    May 2, 2013

  • Gail B.

    Hey all, please revise your RSVP if you aren't going to make it so we aren't looking for a pile of folks who aren't going to show.

    May 2, 2013

  • Gail B.

    I don't have a good plan as to where to meet or congregate, but Barbara is going to have a kite booth, or something of that nature, as she says below, near the parking lot. So we'll start there and can migrate to any other area that looks good once a reasonable number of you all show up. Bring a lawn chair if you want to be sure to have a comfortable seat. We'll just play everything by ear. Call me if you can't find us at[masked]

    May 2, 2013

  • Gregory

    Let the sampling begin....

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I already signed up to go before this came out, and am taking a friend. Could help share driving if interested.

    April 28, 2013

  • Barbara

    Gail, Look for me at the Kite Field, near the parking lot. I'll be there all day Saturday and Sunday.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The website shows ticket price is $15 if you order online before May 1. Do you have a group rate? And, Is there usually seating available? Looks like they're renting reserved tables, hope they will have some for non-renters.

    March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks for mentioning they had a website. I checked it out and noticed the tickets are $25 at the gate. It's a 2 day festival and the hours on Saturday are 11-6. it also notes that mansion tours are available during the festival at a discounted rate. http://montpelierwine...­

      April 8, 2013

  • Ellen

    So English style

    March 4, 2013

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