Location: Montpelier, Orange, Virginia, USA
Visited: February 2012
If you have a thing for presidential homes, Virginia is the state for you. I don't have all that much interest in James Madison (or Jimbo Mad, as I like to call him), nor did visiting his home rekindle any passion I may or may not have had for the Constitution, but it was a lovely day to be out in the mountains. Montpelier has lovely grounds. The house tour was thorough but a little underwhelming, as the renovation is still only partially completed. The outside is done, but the inside has almost no furnishings.
Crazy things: they said that James read 700 books in a single winter while working on the Constitution (I call shenanigans) and Dolley's favorite ice cream flavor was oyster. Gross.