James Madison's Montpelier

“It is a great honor to be associated with Montpelier, home of James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution. By preserving the past, we help strengthen democracy today.”

—DAVID RUBENSTEIN

James Madison, fourth president of the United States.

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation.

Photo credit: Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation.

Bringing to Life the Birthplace of the Constitution

For the last decade, the Montpelier Foundation has been restoring Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth president of the United States. Montpelier is administered by the Montpelier Foundation, which seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison.

The Rubenstein Initiative: Montpelier’s Story of American Liberty

In November 2014, Mr. Rubenstein made a gift to the Montpelier Foundation that led to the creation of the Rubenstein Initiative at James Madison’s Montpelier, a five-year plan to refurnish and interpret the Montpelier mansion and reconstruct the South Yard, the enslaved community site adjacent to the mansion. The projects have been strategic priorities for Montpelier for more than a decade, and the Rubenstein Initiative makes it possible to offer visitors a more complete version of the story of American liberty—with its equal attention to furnishing and interpreting the home of one of the country’s foremost political thinkers and to telling the story of the enslaved community that lived and worked in his household.

Restoration of the Montpelier mansion and refurnishing the rooms, including the south passage, Madison’s upper bed chamber and Nelly’s room.

Reconstruction of the South Yard and interpretation of the enslaved community sites at Montpelier.

All photos courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation.

David Rubenstein shines a light on the legacy of James Madison and Montpelier—and the importance learning about the history of America.

Telling the story of Montpelier accurately and authentically—including slavery at the plantation.

Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of the Montpelier Foundation, highlights how David Rubenstein’s gift will accelerate the restoration and transformation of Montpelier.

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