Ariel’s name appears in an 1847 letter from Dolley Madison, indicating that Ariel had carried a message to Dolley. It is unclear whether Dolley or someone else enslaved Ariel.
Moses, a blacksmith enslaved by Madison’s father, was known for the quality of his work. Madison specifically instructed an overseer “To get a plow made by Moses” in 1790.
Two hundred years ago, an outbreak of disease at Montpelier bore striking similarities to – and differences from – the current pandemic.
What did the Archaeology Team find in the South Yard?
The Taylors and Stewarts were two married couples who were likely born at Montpelier and served the Madison family for decades.
Learn more about the interviews conducted with the Works Progress Administration and the images found that helped to shape the South Yard Dwellings at Montpelier.
Work tools vs. leisure tools- what’s the difference?
We know enslaved cooks prepared food for the Madisons. How did the enslaved community cook and what did they eat themselves?