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Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Madison Family Cemetery

Discovering Madison

 
 
The Madison Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, July 30, 2012
1. The Madison Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription. "The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished an perpetuated."
-James Madison, Advice to My Country, 1834

The Madison Family Cemetery is the understated resting place for two of America's most remarkable people: James and Dolley Madison, when the last Founding Father did in 1836, Dolley, together with friends, family, and slaves, paid loving respect. Public tribute came two months later, when John Quincy Adams delivered a passionate oration celebrating the man who had formulated the Constitution and sponsored the Bill of Rights. After the death of her cherished James, Dolley moved to Washington, D.C., where she resumed her role as the city's leading hostess. When she died in 1849, nearly penniless, all of Washington turned out for her state funeral. This rare honor acknowledged the legacies of both Madisons and their profound role in shaping our nation.
 
Erected by Montpelier Foundation. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Location. 38° 13.068′ N, 78° 10.478′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on West Gate Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in front of the Madison Family
The Madison Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
2. The Madison Family Cemetery Marker
Cemetery on the Montpelier Estate. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier Station VA 22957, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Pleasant c. 1750s (within shouting distance of this marker); The African American Cemetery (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Madison Farm Complex (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Quarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Homes for Enslaved Families (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Backyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Road (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier Station.
 
More about this marker. On the right is an illustration courtesy of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Gift of the Estate of Charlotte Parsons, captioned Mourning Picture, an early 19th-century silk and satin embroidery by Charlotte Bicknell.
 
Also see . . .  The Madison Family Cemetery. Page from the Montpelier web site. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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The Madison Family Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
3. The Madison Family Cemetery Marker
The Madison Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
4. The Madison Family Cemetery
Grave of James Madison image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
5. Grave of James Madison
Grave of Dolley Madison image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
6. Grave of Dolley Madison
Other Graves of the Madison Family image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
7. Other Graves of the Madison Family
Commemorative Plaques on the Cemetery Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
8. Commemorative Plaques on the Cemetery Wall
Commorative Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
9. Commorative Plaque
1836-1936
In commemoration of the one hundredth
anniversary of the death of
President James Madison
June 28, 1836
erected by
The William Byrd Chapter of
Daughters of the American Revolution
into whose charge this shrine
was given in 1930
Dolley Payne Todd Madison image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
10. Dolley Payne Todd Madison
Women of Virginia Historic Trail
Honors
Dolley Payne Todd Madison
for her contributions to the furtherance of womanhood,
by serving her country as a gracious first lady
and a woman with great political influence
Presented May 20, 1993
by
Virginia Business and Professional Women's Foundation
and
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,521 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 26, 2016.
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