Season 2, Episode 4-James Madison and Montpelier

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Tracking down Ol' Rough and Ready, Zachary Taylor, 12th President, and his homes in locations like Louisville, Baton Rouge, and along the Mississippi River! Learn about Zachary's military career and turn to politics, his brief administration, his wife, Peggy, and children, as well as what happened to his homes! Check out the website at for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Zachary Taylor Episode-"Zachary Taylor and Montebello"Support the show
  1. S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville
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  3. S2 E10 John Tyler and Sherwood Forest
  4. S2 E9 William Henry Harrison and Grouseland
  5. S2 E8 Martin Van Buren and Lindenwald

The Father of the Constitution has one of the most ambitious renovation projects, to get his home at Montpelier back to the status when James and Dolley Madison resided there. Learn about Madison’s pre-presidency, his tumultuous term, his enigmatic wife, and, of course, his mansion!

Be sure to check out James Madison’s “Visiting the Presidents” Episode from Season 1, James Madison and Port Conway!

James Madison’s Montpelier official website.

History of Montpelier from the Digital Montpelier Project.

James Madison’s Montpelier from the National Park Service.

Virtual Tour of Montpelier from Encyclopedia Virginia.

Ongoing battle between Madison Foundation and Descendants’ group, from Washington Post.

From My June 2017 Visit!

From My July 2010 Visit!

Montpelier Drawing Room, from One Road at a Time.
Montpelier Dining Room, from
Montpelier Library, from
Montpelier’s Expansion over the Years, from Colonial Williamsburg (pink stucco is the du Pont renovation).
Floorplans showing expansion of Montpelier, from Colonial Williamsburg.
Montpelier shortly after Madison’s death.
James and Dolley Madison from White House Historical Association.

James Madison’s Home, Montpelier: 11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA.

Noah Feldman, The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President.
Ralph Ketchum, James Madison: A Biography.
Richard Brookhiser, James Madison.
Catherine Allgor, A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation.

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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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