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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.
Belle Grove Plantation, on the site of the President’s birthplace.
Highway marker for Madison’s birthplace. With Madison’s marker! Snapped!
***BONUS: the Booth markers I spotted en route to the Madison birthplace!
The Assassin’s End marker I first spotted on my way to Madison’s birthplace. Sign in Port Royal for the Booth marker.
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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