Many of you know that the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Montpelier Foundation have undertaken a complete restoration of Montpelier, the historic home of James Madison in Orange, Virginia. The home will be opened Wednesday, September 17th, after a five-year restoration. Preservation magazine has a terrific story on this work in the September/October 2008 issue.
The Father of the Constitution’s house will be reopened – appropriately enough – on Constitution Day. The opening also comes three days after the extension for yet another year of the national state of emergency first declared on September 14, 2001.
Madison – one of our most underappreciated Founding Fathers – is still very relevant today. To see Madison’s warnings about “experiments with our liberties” read his Memorial and Remonstrance.
More to come…