Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
- Mary Cutts, Memoir, c. 1840.
The Backyard barbecues so different from elegant Washington soirees, suited Dolley Madison's special flair for entertaining once she retired to Montpelier. Friends and family enjoyed the outdoor feasts that she spread under the forest oaks. The rich fragrance of lilacs and Pride of China trees mingled with the tantalizing aroma of whole roasted pigs. Tables groaned with Montpelier-grown food, impressing visitors with their lavish display of hospitality. Wine flowed as did lively conversation about politics, farming, and local gossip. When their work of serving ended, Montpelier's slaves were called on to entertain guests with fiddle playing, singing, and dancing.
Erected by Montpelier Foundation. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 38° 13.113′ N, 78° 10.112′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Montpelier Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the Montpelier Estate, behind the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homes for Enslaved Families (here, next to this marker); The Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Blacksmith Shop (about 500 feet away); Madison Farm Complex (about 700 feet away); The African American Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Slave Cemetery (approx. ¼ 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 special Collections Department, University of Virginia, captioned Lilac illustration by Philip Miller, an 18th-century naturalist.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 622 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.