James Madison’s Montpelier will offer free admission on Wednesday in celebration of Madison’s 260th birthday.
Often called the Father of the Constitution, Madison was born on March 16, 1751.
Wednesday also launches the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations in Virginia.
Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Montpelier Visitor Center with the dedication of a historical marker honoring first lady Dolley Madison. A wreath-laying ceremony at James Madison’s grave begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Madison Family Cemetery.
Guests will also be able to explore the lives of the nation’s first wartime president and his wife, and tour the mansion throughout the day.
Madison’s 2,650-acre estate is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Route 20 — four miles south of Orange and 25 miles northeast of Charlottesville. For more information, visit www.montpelier.org.