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.”

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.

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