Took the kids to James Madison’s home at Montpelier. The site is in the midst of a $25 million restoration project and it’s pretty inspiring.
There was a lot to see, but perhaps the best part of it all was when we were in Madison’s 2nd floor library and the movie said, “over the winter of 1786 before the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, Madison read more than 400 book in 6 languages about all elements of political thought and history.”
From there, he came up with the “Virginia Plan” which ultimately became the US constitution. Pretty epic stuff.
You think about all the times you hear the word “constitutional” or “unconstitutional” and to think that it all began in that room.
I really felt a sense of history.
She said, “I thought Dolley Madison had really pretty dresses!”