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Jul 8, 2011 - Skyline Drive and Montpelier

We got an early break from the rain today so we headed to Skyline Drive. We drove the last segment of the Drive from Rockfish Gap where it links up with the Blue Ridge Parkway north to Swift Run Gap entrance. I wasn't paying attention to the gas gauge before we started and about half-way I noticed that the low fuel light came on. We weren't sure how far we were from a gas station so we didn't do much site-seeing and I was hyper-miling on the flat and downhill stretches. Fortunately we were only about 10 or 15 miles from the Loft Mountain...

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Nov 16, 2010 - James Madison's House- Montpelier in the rain

It was a wet and horrible day but we decided to visit Montpelier the former home of James Madison. We had visited the house in November 2005 when the house was under restoration to bring it back to how it was when the Madison’s lived there. James Madison was considered the “Father of the Constitution” and became the 4th President of the United States. He was a significant player in the development of the US Constitution and as leader in the first Congress; he helped shape the new government, introduced the Bill of Rights, and ensured its...

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Nov 20, 2008 - Visit to Montpelier-Home of Pres. Madison

We stayed north of Richmond, VA and visited with Dave,(nephew)Pat & Katie, they moved here this year from Glen Spey. We also visited "Montpelier" home to James & Dolly Madison, 4th. President of the USA, and Father of the Constitution! They are in the process of restoring it to the time when they lived there. Very beautiful grounds and views. Very interesting. Will be heading to Karen's for the week-end and then home on Monday. This could be the last posting for this trip???? It's been GREAT!!!! Ron & Jean

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Oct 17, 2008 - Orange, VA

Friday we woke to a change in our weather with temperatures dipping to the 60s from the 80s the day before. The kids had the day off from school due to a teacher’s work day so we all went for a walk along the C&O Canal in the morning and enjoyed our new fall weather. That afternoon we headed out to Orange, VA to visit Montpelier, the home of our fourth president, James Madison. Montpelier had just recently undergone a major renovation to restore the house back to its appearance in the 1820s when Dolley and James Madison lived there after...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Orange - Montpelier

A 30 minute drive north takes us to Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the 4th President. This is a very special time to visit Montpelier. Restoration is nearly complete to bring it back to the original size of 12,000 square feet. William and Annie duPont purchased the home in 1901 and enlarged the original 22 rooms to 55. In 1984 it was transferred to the National Trust by bequest of Marion duPont Scott, married to actor Randolph Scott. We were able to visit all the rooms in various stages of plaster and paint allowing us to see...

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Nov 5, 2005 - A Day at the Races

Within the grounds of Montpelier are two race courses. These were built by Marion DuPont Scott and the annual Montpelier Hunt Races are held in November each year. While we were at the house we had bought tickets for the day and had an enjoyable day at the races in the lovely autumn sunshine.

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Nov 3, 2005 - Montpelier- James Madison’s Home

Montpelier was the home of James Madison “Father of the Constitution” and 4th President of the United States and his wife Dolly whose hospitality inspired the term “First Lady”. The land and house was owned from 1723 till 1844 by the Madison. The house was purchased by William and Annie DuPont in 1901. In 1984 Montpelier transferred to National Trust by bequest and in 2003 restoration was started in bringing the house back to how it was when Madison lived there. We had a tour that took us into the house and showed us the renovations in...

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