Join us as Montpelier celebrates National Religious Freedom Day! Rediscover the importance of liberty of conscience and how Madison's convictions shaped the course of religious freedom in Virginia, the nation, and the world.
James Madison, principle architect of the Bill of Rights and First Amendment, shaped the development of religious freedom in the U.S. more than any other individual. Today, religious freedom remains a cornerstone of American democracy. It is a fundamental human right that is all to often violated or taken for granted. In honor of Madison's singular achievements, Montpelier is hosting a free afternoon lecture program followed by optional themed tours of the House for $20/participant.
Lecture Program: "Conviction & Conscience: James Madison and the Pursuit of Religious Freedom" featuring John Ragosta and Dan Carlton
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Grand Salon
Cost: Lectures are free but registration is required
- John Ragosta, historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, shines a light on Madison's contributions as he discusses the development of religious freedom in Virginia and the United States.
- Dan Carlton, pastor of Culpeper Baptist Church, discusses the role and legacies of dissenting Baptist ministers in Culpeper, Virginia, in the national story of religious freedom. Many scholars believe that their persecution propelled Madison into his lifelong career in politics and pursuit of religious freedom.
Exclusive Specialty Tour of the House: Conviction & Conscience
- Start Time: 3:00pm
- Cost: $20.00 per participant
- Add-on when registering for the lecture
- In this specialty 45-minute tour of the House, explore how and why James Madison's convictions led him to pursue the establishment of religious liberty in this nation. Trace Madison's thoughts and contributions from his earliest days drafting the first Virginia Declaration of Rights to the passage of the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment.