Dolly greeted us at the door at which we stepped back in time to the 1820's. She invited her visitors, as Dolly would have, to spend the night or nights , anyone traveling that far into the blue ridge mountains at that period of time would welcome a warm place to rest.
Decorations in Madison's time of course did not include a tree, that came later. There were pretty flickering candles in the windows set in pewter candle holders. Candles in that day would never have been allowed for fear of fire, to bad because the effect against the poured glass paned windows were stunning. A simple elegance where less is definitely more. Eighty five percent of the windows in the home are original. there was a beautiful arrangement on a pedestal in the dining room with large leaves and green apples set in the corner against green wallpaper.
Approaching the entrance on left to home, beautiful view of mountains ahead
the side light windows raise and lower to let in a cool mountain breeze.
Candles illuminated the walkways to home from visitor information center, looks like a long walk but not really as we enjoyed the outside air and beauty of that time of the evening.
inside the home , the mountain view from the windows makes one want to linger, peaceful. Such beauty that I know I would never tire of seeing every day. Harp music was being played in one of the rooms , the sound gently carried through to where we were standing at the window, I wanted to stay.
After tour we had refreshments, Steve and I enjoyed the wassail punch - warm and so good after the walk back. Pimento cheese spread, crackers, homemade cheese straws. Pinwheels contained cream cheese filling. Horseradish and bacon spread. Gingerbread , Lemon cake with lemon curd, and sugared pecan halves among other goodies.
The gift shop was open for purchasing very nice items. Steve did get a book of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Will be going over this with the oldest grandchild Seth, just in case it's missed in school.
As you enter the gift shop of visitor center here on the grounds, we are greeted by this festive door decoration with snow falling. You can't see it falling in this picture , but it is.
The Historic town of Gordonsville about 10 miles or so from Montpelier
town hall next door