Reconstruct: Log Cabin Workshop at James Madison’s Montpelier

Learn 19th century construction from Montpelier’s expert craftsmen and preservationists as you reconstruct slave quarters from the Madison period. This structure will be 12ftx14ft and feature a clay floor, log chimney and is based on a site we found through archaeological excavations. Participants will spend a week learning wood working and joinery techniques that were used in Madison's era. Based on information derived from archaeological excavations, we will be recreating the cabin that was lived in by Madison's field slaves. While participating in the program, you will stay in the antebellum plantation house, “Arlington House,” or for those wanting private rooms, there are other housing options at Montpelier and at local B&Bs. For more information about how to participate in this program, please contact Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, at with the subject line "Log Cabin Expedition Information."


Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017

Location: James Madison's Montpelier 11350 Constitution Hwy Montpelier Station, VA 22957


More Info: (540) 672-2728