ERIC Number: ED467791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Memories of Montpelier: Home of James and Dolley Madison. Teaching with Historic Places.
The paternal estate of U.S. President James Madison is nestled at the foot of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The estate, Montpelier, features a large mansion designed for hospitality, a fine garden, and a widespread lawn. In the early 19th century, countless visitors expressed a great sense of pleasure in the place and the people who lived there. James Madison (1751-1836) was deeply rooted in his family estate which his grandparents had settled in the early 1730s. In the late 1750s, his father began building the house where Madison grew up and to which he returned following his retirement as president in 1817. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places file for "Montpelier," and other sources. The lesson can be used in teaching units about early 19th-century U.S. history. It cites educational objectives and materials needed. The lesson is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Region); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Daily Life at Montpelier; Slavery at Montpelier; James and Dolley Madison at Montpelier); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Montpelier, c. 1836; Montpelier, 1994); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Researching the Madisons; Slavery and Freedom; A Historic Place in Your Neighborhood); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Curriculum Enrichment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Land Settlement, Place of Residence, Presidents of the United States, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/46montpelier/46montpelier.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.