When look you look towards the mountains in this photo which was taken from the front portico of the Madison house you see in the foreground the steeplechase horse track. The entire time we were waiting on the portico for our tour we saw horses being raced on the track. The Montpelier Steeplechase Races that were held last week at Montpelier is the only place in America where steeplechase horses jump natural brush fences. Lots and lots of old boxwood on this property.
The backside of the Madison's home. The first time we came here we were told by the guide that James Madison owned around 100 slaves. And that he threw many parties for which the slaves small children had to prepare for on this very lawn. James Madison used a herd of sheep to keep the grass "mowed" and when guests came for a party and games on the lawn the slave children were instructed to go and pick up each and every sheep dropping on the lawn. Can you imagine that and now imagine that after all these years we will have our first black president and first lady.
Montpelier Website: http://www.montpelier.org/