Meet James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and intellectual force behind the new republic, and Dolley Madison, his charming wife and astute political partner — the woman who inspired the title "First Lady." Embark upon an exploratory journey through the Madisons' lives and leadership in the founding of American democracy, as well as the generations of enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the plantation. The estate's gardens, old-growth Landmark Forest, 8 + miles of walking trails, archaeology lab, and Visitor Center are free and open to the public year round. Don't miss the nationally-acclaimed "The Mere Distinction of Colour," a ground-breaking exhibition that uses slavery to connect the past to the present through the lens of the Constitution, and honestly examines the paradox that is America's founding era. Visit our website or call for more information about daily, seasonal, and walking tours; behind-the-scenes tours; public archaeology programs; trail system; museum shop and galleries; and special events like Constitution Day, Juneteenth, and the Holiday Open House.