Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison, 4th President of the United States and Father of the Constitution. The property consists of 2,650 acres,1,800 of which are wooded and include the 200-acre old-growth Landmark Forest. President Madison’s home is nestled among 50 species of specimen trees, a formal garden, numerous barns, and other 20th century structures. The perennial beds in the Annie duPont two-acre formal garden, part of the original Madison garden site, were designed by noted landscape architect Charles Gillette. Restoration of the garden began in 1990, several years after Montpelier was acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was funded by The Garden Club of Virginia. The flower beds incorporate many of the perennials in the early duPont garden – varieties of bearded and Japanese iris, day lilies, and peonies – along with other plant materials common to the period. Admission to the property is free with the exception of guided tours of the Madison home. In addition to guided house and walking tours, visitors can explore the permanent exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour; the Madison family and enslaved community cemeteries; 8 + miles of walking trails; the archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites; Mr. Madison's Temple; the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman's farm; the restored Jim Crow-era 1910 Train Depot housing the exhibition In the Time of Segregation; and a Civil War encampment site. The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center houses two galleries, a museum, shop, and the Exchange Cafe. Leashed dogs are welcome. Visit www.montpelier.org or call 540-672-2728 for more information.