Season 1, Episode 4-James Madison and Port Conway

Listen to This Episode!
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.

From My May 2017 Visit!

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

From My July 2021 Visit!

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.

Check out the Most Recent Episodes!

S2 E27 William Howard Taft and Washington, DC Visiting the Presidents

Heading to the Capitol for the first of many visits, this time for the home of William Howard Taft in the Kalorama neighborhood! Learn about William Howard's legal and political career; his election and Presidency; his wife, Helen, and accomplished children; as well as his many homes! Check out the website at for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1's William Howard Taft Episode: "William Howard Taft and Cincinnati" Support the show
  1. S2 E27 William Howard Taft and Washington, DC
  2. S2 E26 Theodore Roosevelt and Sagamore Hill
  3. BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Andrew Alexander
  4. S2 E25 William McKinley and Canton
  5. S2 E24 NOT Grover Cleveland's Second Term Question and Answer Episode

Feldman, Noah. The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

Ketcham, Ralph. James Madison: A Biography

Brookhiser, Richard. James Madison

Published by visitingthepresidents

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

One thought on “Season 1, Episode 4-James Madison and Port Conway

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: