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

The Road

Discovering Madison

 
 
The Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
1. The Road Marker
Inscription. "Having lost ourselves in the mountain road which leads thro' a wild woody tract of ground, and wandering for some time in Mr. Madison's domain, which seemed interminable, we at last reached his hospitable mansion."
- Margret Bayard Smith, 1828

The road connected Montpelier with the world, produce and supplies, along with a steady stream of people on foot, on horseback, and in carriages, bumped and rattled their way to and from Montpelier. It took the Madisons one hour to journey five miles to the nearest town, Orange Court House, where they shopped, attended church, and conducted legal business. It took one day for enslaved teamsters to deliver the plantation's tobacco to the Fredericksburg market. It took months for Dolley's Parisian dresses and James's books from London to reach their destination. After the Madisons retired, friends, family, and admirers traveled for days to pay their respects. All who braved the rutted mud of the wild woody track knew that a warm welcome awaited at Motpelier's front door.
 
Erected by Montpelier Foundation. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 38° 13.147′ N, 78° 10.116′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Montpelier
The Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
2. The Road Marker
Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of Montpelier, James Madison's home. 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. The Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Homes for Enslaved Families (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Quarters (about 300 feet away); The Garden (about 500 feet away); Madison Farm Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away); The African American Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier Station.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a illustration courtesy of the collection of the New York Historical Society, captioned The architect Benjamin Latrobe sketched this coach design for Dolley Madison in a letter to the then First Lady.
 
Also see . . .  James Madison's Montpelier. The house and grounds of America's fourth President is preserved by the work of the Montpelier Foundation. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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The Road to Montpelier image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
3. The Road to Montpelier
Looking from the steps of Montpelier down the road leading to Orange (Court House). The mountains in the far distance are the Blue Ridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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