Milling Around with Madison

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Virginia
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Even though we wanted to leave early, we were about an hour late, but that's OK. We drove for a while and only stopped at several visitor centers for bathroom breaks as well as get some maps (at the beautiful Virginia visitor center).

We decided to try and make it Montpelier, James Madison’s home (he was the fourth president of the United States) and our trip took us away from the highways and into the beautiful and scenic Blue Ridge highway in Virginia.

OK, a highway might be pushing it, it’s a two lane road (and not two lanes in each direction), but it is a beautiful ride.

We finally got to Montpelier, as members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation we got a 50% discount on the entry as well as an extra percentage off at the gift shop.  After parking we went to the visitor’s center, the movie did not work so we went up to the house.

The house itself was owned for a long time by the DuPont family and has been restored to the way it was when Madison lived there.  The construction cost several millions dollars and now they are looking for Madison’s furniture, or furniture from the era.

We toured the house, that was very interesting since we got to walk on the original floors (some complete with ink stains) as well as see how the construction was being done.  After we finished we toured the grounds, the beautiful garden, enjoyed the breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ate some late lunch and drove to the hotel (which took us an extra 30 minutes courtesy of the GPS).
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