It's been a long time since my last post and I hope that I can once again regularly blog to you about family matters and history.
I have recently returned to Virginia and I am certainly glad to be back. Tennessee was nice, but Virginia is home.
Last Sunday my husband and I visited the home of President James Madison. We visited over ten years ago and they had just started the renovations. There was just a couple of rooms that they were in the process of renovating and some duplicates of Dolley Madison's dress. Imagine my surprise with the newly renovated rooms, visitor center and Dupont Gallery. It is becoming quite a place to visit and I hardily encourage anyone that has not been to go and if you have been, go again. According to other visitors, every visit brings something new. Everyone knows that President Madison was one of the main architects of our glorious Constitution.
"For the rest of his life he would be explaining and expounding the new Constitution-in congress, as President of the United States, and years later at Montpelier, answering letters from all over the country."
Catherine Drinker Bowen Miracle at Philadelphia
I was thrilled to walk through the room that once housed his library, the dining room where so many personages visited, discussed and decided the nation's policies, and his bedroom- the place where a man for the ages drew his last breathe.
The Cemetery where James Madison is buried is located where his father's first home once stood. It is just a short walk from Montpelier. Below are some pictures of the graves.
Fannie W Madison wife of Jas A Madison born April 12, 1842 died October 28, 1899
In Memory of James A Madison born July 14, 1828 Died June 28, 1901
Our Mother Lucy M Madison Born January 24, 1830 Died July 27, 1886
Ambrose G son of Dr. James A and Lucy Hiden Madison Died February 28, 1928 age 81 years
Ambrose Madison born March 12, 1796 Died December 23, 1855
In Memory of Mary F Marye born April 12, 1822 Died November 13, 1856
James Madison Born November 26, 1855 Died February 16, 1916
Lucetta T Newman his wife born January 9, 1799 Died January 1, 1878
Did anybody notice that Lucy Macon's father Thomas died just one month later.
There are a few more pictures. I will post them soon.