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President James Madison - Madison Family Cemetery - Montpelier - Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member miatabug
N 38° 13.072 W 078° 10.492
17S E 747327 N 4233762
Quick Description: A tall obelisk within the family cemetery marks the gravesite of the fourth president of the United States and the man who is credited with crafting the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:39:12 AM
Waymark Code: WM7AV5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 7

Long Description:
The site of the Madison family original homestead stands very near to this small cemetery. James Madison was born in Port Conway, Virginia at the home of his mother's family. He was returned to Montpelier and remained here for most of his youth until attending college in Princeton, New Jersey. After his birth, his father built the first stage of the home that now stands restored on the grounds of Montpelier.

Throughout his political life he returned to the family homestead to reflect and work on the document that shaped the United States. He served his country in Congress, as the Secretary of State, and finally as President. After retiring from politics, he returned to Montpelier to be with his wife Dolley.

After his death at the family homestead Montpelier in 1836, James Madison was buried in an unmarked grave in the family cemetery on the grounds. His grave site remained unmarked until 1857 when a large obelisk was constructed at the burial site. His wife Dolley is buried next to him in a grave marked with a smaller obelisk.

The Madison Family Cemetery is located on the grounds of Montpelier. The cemetery is available for visiting during times when the site is open. There is an admission charge to enter the grounds.
James Madison: Born in 1751 Port Conway, Virginia Raised in Montpelier Virginia Educated in Princeton Served in the Continental Congress Served in the Constitutional Convention Drafted first Constitution Wrote the Bill of Rights Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson President of the United States 1809-1817 Deceased at Montpelier 1836

Date of birth: 03/16/1751

Date of death: 06/28/1836

Area of notoriety: Politics

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: The Madison Family Cemetery is available for visitation whenever Montpelier is open.

Fee required?: Yes

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