Now open in the south wing room of the house (M118), which is accessible from the back yard, is our exhibit “James Madison: Architect of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights”.
Those of you who visited Montpelier prior to April, 2009, may have seen the exhibit in our Education Center. The exhibit is self-guided, with commentary available on the audio tour. The exhibit describes James Madison’s role in the development, writing, and implementation of two of America’s most important documents – the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition to text, the exhibit uses images and excerpts from historical documents.
The room is arranged so that you can view the exhibit at your leisure and utilize the chairs. We hope our visitors will discuss the exhibit, the Constitution, or James Madison with each other. In the future we would like to have staff lead discussions with our visitors that would include topics relevant to how the Constitution affects us today.
Gene Lyman stamps the top of a shutter.
Since the shutters and their fittings are handmade, each shutter only fits in one window of the house. Thus, both window and shutter are assigned an identifier code. Stamping the shutters allows them to be removed to be repainted or fixed and then be returned to their correct location.