Color Through a Child's Eyes Montpelier

New Educational Opportunities for Families at Montpelier


History lessons don’t take a break for the summer. Families with young children now have more opportunities to learn and engage at James Madison’s Montpelier. In addition to its existing educational exhibits, Montpelier recently launched its newest exhibit, Color Through a Child’s Eyes.

Color Through a Child’s Eyes at Montpelier

As the title suggests, the new Color Through a Child’s Eyes exhibit invites guests to learn more about race a slavery from a child’s perspective. How does it do this? Interactive elements in the exhibit offer visitors the opportunity to learn about children who were enslaved at the Montpelier plantation. Young visitors can handle artifacts, read stories, and discover ways a person can be an “upstander” in our communities. This new educational experience was years in the making, and was created using feedback from Montpelier Descendants and Early Childhood educators.    


Additional Family Opportunities at Montpelier

With a variety of pass and tour options, a visit to Montpelier can be tailored to whatever a guest is looking for. The Property Pass allows visitors to explore the grounds, gardens and eight miles of walking trails–perfect for burning off extra energy children tend to always have. The Highlights of Montpelier Tour offers a full plantation and historic house guided tour. The Enslaved Community Tour is a walking experience that examines one of America’s largest paradoxes: a nation where “all men were created equal” built by those who were denied the freedoms they were laboring to establish. Guests may want to consider planning their visit to coincide with one of the special events Montpelier holds each year, including the Fall Fiber Festival or the Montpelier Hunt Races. Members receive even more special opportunities. There are numerous membership options, including a family membership and an annual property pass. Montpelier recently updated hours to include additional tour times to accommodate summer visitors. Tour times and dates can vary, so be sure to check the Montpelier website or call before planning your visit.
Image by Terry Brock, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

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