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Madison, Montpelier, and a 262nd Birthday

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

March 16, 2013 will be the 262nd birthday of James Madison, our very own fourth President of the United States and Father of the Constitution, who just also happened to be a Virginia native. Madison made his home at Montpelier in Orange County, VA, and in honor of his birthday, there will be a celebration and ceremony at the estate:  “Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Madison in their home throughout the day, and attend a poignant wreath presentation ceremony in the Madison Family Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.” (

And now, in honor of James Madison, we present to you a few “fun facts” about this former president:

–          Madison was only 5’4, and he never weighed more than 100 pounds. (James Madison)

–          Madison was the first president to hold an Inaugural Ball. (James Madison)

–          Madison was once arrested with Thomas Jefferson for violating the laws of Vermont and taking a carriage ride on a Sunday. (The Health of the President)

–          Madison was 1 of 12 children. (Facts)

–          James and his wife Dolley never had children of their own, but James helped raise Dolley’s son from her previous marriage. (Facts)

–          Madison was the first president to wear trousers instead of knee breeches. (Facts)

–          Madison’s inaugural jacket was made of wool from the sheep that resided at Montpelier. (Facts)

If you’re searching for accommodations in Orange, VA, then look no further, as we have a number of InnVirginia B&Bs only a short drive away from Montpelier:

Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Holladay House
Inn on Poplar Hill
Inn at Westwood Farm
Mayhurst Inn
The Inn at Willow Grove

By Tara Stoll

Veterans Day in Virginia, 2011

Monday, November 7th, 2011


November 11 is Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, commemorating the end of World War I and honoring all the men and women of the armed forces.

Woodrow Wilson was the first to declare a November 11th celebration of Armistice Day, and he did so with the proclamation, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”


Joseph Ambrose, 86-year old World War I veteran

There will be celebrations, free museum admissions, and military discounts all over the United States on Veterans Day, and Virginia will be no exception:

Mount Vernon, VA- free admission for active duty, former, and retired military personnel; free community concert by The Harmony Heritage Singers.

Grey Swan Inn, Blackstone, VA- 10% discount to military personnel

Montpelier, Orange, VA- free admission to all military personnel

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Staunton, VA- free Veterans Day Program

Besides these specific events, there are a number of national parks that are offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day:

  •     Colonial National Historical Park
  •     George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
  •     Manassas National Battlefield Park

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy

By Tara Stoll