Gilmore Cabin

The Gilmore Cabin is a post-Civil War African-American’s house on the Montpelier property.

Former Madison slave George Gilmore built this log cabin for his family in the early 1870s. President Madison’s nephew owned the land. George Gilmore was more than 90 years old when he purchased the house and 16 acres for $560, just before the death of Dr. James Ambrose Madison in 1901. The property offers a glimpse of what life was like for African-Americans in the years during the Reconstruction era. Museum educators will be on hand to demonstrate the techniques of 19th-century farm life. The Gilmore Cabin is located on the west side of Route 20. Delight in the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy the many special events held annually at historic Montpelier.

Contact Information

Phone: (540) 672-2728
Hours: Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. | April through October

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