Madison's 262nd Birthday Marked in Va.

Courtesy: Kenneth M. Wyner, The Montpelier Foundation

March 16, 2013

MONTPELIER STATION, Va. (AP) - It's the 262nd birthday of James Madison and his Montpelier property is open to visitors.

Orange County is celebrating the father of the Constitution with free admission to the grounds of his home and a wreath-laying ceremony. James Madison University's new president, Jonathan Alger, will speak at the ceremony in honor of the nation's fourth president.

The Star-Exponent also reports that re-enactors will portray James and Dolley Madison.

Madison spent his childhood at Montpelier and he retired there with first lady in 1817. In retirement, the presidential couple managed the slave-run plantation, entertained hundreds of visitors and jointly edited Madison's significant political papers, including his notes on the Constitutional Convention.