Learn why the Madisons chose to name their home “Montpelier,” and see how multiple “Montpeliers” have caused confusion ever since.
Although some writers have claimed that James Madison was a Mason, his own writings indicate otherwise.
If you guessed Jefferson, Monroe, and Jackson, you wouldn’t be wrong. But there are three others who might surprise you.
When a Madison object turns up on “Antiques Roadshow,” it’s time to do some research.
The federal census is a starting point, but there are challenges for tracing African American genealogy prior to 1870.
The Madisons’ letters give a festive insight into their celebration of the Christmas season.
Visitors’ accounts of Polly the parrot describe a bird who was both beautiful and bad-tempered.
The Montpelier Research Database has a place for missing letters … and sometimes the missing letters turn up.
Follow the paper trail as documents make their way to the archive, the auction house, or the incinerator.