Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Madison Family Cemetery
-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. Touch for map. Located in front of the Madison Family
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). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,527 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.