Episode 4-James Madison and Port Conway

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Season 1, Episode 4: James Madison and Port Conway

James Madison’s birth and childhood, and his birthplace at Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway, Virginia.

Listen as we visit James Madison’s birth and site at Belle Grove Plantation in Port Conway, along the Rappahannock. While the original home fell into the river (!), you can visit the current Belle Grove Plantation.

History of Belle Grove Plantation, on the site of the President’s birthplace.

***BONUS: the Booth markers I spotted en route to the Madison birthplace!

Mount Pleasant, on today’s Montpelier estate, where Madison grew up before moving into the main mansion.
What Belle Grove, Madison’s birthplace, would have looked like along the Rappahannock, ca. Booth’s escape.
James Madison portrait by Gilbert Stuart.

James Madison Birthplace: 17200 James Madison Parkway, Port Conway, Virginia.

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Recommended Reading for James Madison

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Brookhiser, Richard. James Madison

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I'm a Professor of History at Central Arizona College and someone who loves history and travel; my new blog will combine those interests!

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