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' leadership in the founding of American democracy, and well as the paradox of 19th century plantation life. The estate's gardens, old-growth Landmark Forest, and walking trails are open to visitors year round at no cost. See the latest progress of the "Presidential Detective Story," an extensive research project aimed at recovering the Madison's furnishings and decor lost more than 160 years ago. Visit our website or call for more information about In-Depth Tours, Private Experiences, Archaeology Expeditions, Walking Tours, African American History, Civil War History, Constitution Day, and other Special Events. Archaeology tours offered every Thursday, April - October.