Montpelier—home to Father of the Constitution and former president of the United States, James Madison, and his beloved wife Dolley. It was here at this large plantation that the couple retired in 1817, managing the estate, jointly editing James’ numerous political papers, and simply enjoying each other’s company amidst the rich, Virginia land. The 19th century structure still stands tall and proud on 2,650 acres of land near Orange, Virginia, and there is no time more suited for a visit than the holiday season.
On four different days this month, December 6, 7, 13, and 14, Montpelier will be offering Candlelight Christmas Tours of the estate. The festivities will include musical performances, light refreshments, wine and wassail, and Christmas caroling, all of which embodies much of the traditional seasonal celebrations of the Madisons’ time period
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Open house tours: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Music Schedule: December 6, 2013 – Monticello High School Choir
December 7, 2013 – James Madison University Chamber Winds
December 13 & 14 – Connor Wood
Price: Adults: $35 at the door, $25 in advance, Children ages 6-14: $10, Children under 6: Free
These tours promise to be a fun, festival peak into the history of one of our founding fathers, so if you plan to stay at the Iris Inn on or near any of these dates, don’t miss out. (Montpelier is only an hour away, after all!)