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John Warner to speak at James Madison’s Montpelier

Former U.S. Sen. John Warner will address visitors Saturday at the opening of the Demonstration Forest Trail at James Madison’s Montpelier.

The public is invited to visit Montpelier before the opening ceremony for trail tours and children’s activities.

A reception and barbecue dinner will follow the ceremony.

The Montpelier Demonstration Forest Trail is an outdoor exhibit that will show students and landowners the best ways to manage a healthy, sustainable forest. Visitors will observe four forestry management techniques at demonstration stations along the trail.

The Demonstration Forest Trail runs along a one-mile loop that extends from the 200-acre James Madison Landmark Forest, which is protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Landmark Forest a National Natural Landmark in 1987.

The new Montpelier Demonstration Forest Trail will be open for self-guided tours 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (April through October) and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (November through March).


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Noon – 4 p.m.: Demonstration Forest Trail Tours (last tour departs at 4:00 p.m.)

1 a.m.–7 p.m.: Hands-on Activity Tent open

5:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremony with former U.S. Senator John Warner

6 p.m.: Wine and Lemonade Reception

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.: Barbeque Dinner

WHERE: At James Madison’s Montpelier, on the mansion’s back lawn.

Constitution Highway (U.S. 20), 4 miles south of the town of Orange, Virginia

DETAILS: Admission to Montpelier and the Opening Ceremony costs $16 for adults; $8 for children 6-14; $10 for Virginia Garden Week ticketholders with tickets; free for Friends of Montpelier and children 5 and under.

The Barbecue Dinner costs $25 adults; $10 children 14 and under.

Advanced dinner purchase is required by April 14. Please call 540/672-2728 x102.

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and fifth president of the United States.

Now that the home’s recent $25 million architectural restoration is complete, visitors can see the progress of “A Presidential Detective Story: Rediscovering the Furnishings and Décor of James and Dolley Madison” through daily guided tours. The scenic, 2,500-acre estate is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.