[Madison, James] Foundation Brick From Montpelier,
Foundation brick from Montpelier, home of President James Madison, located near Orange, Virginia. The brick is 3½ x 4 x 2½ in. and has a plaque which says, "Brick from Montpelier / James Madison's Home / Built in 1760." Monpelier went through three phases of construction from 1764 to 1812. Madison (1751-1836) lived there as a boy and brought his bride, Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849) to live there. Dolley sold Montpelier in 1844, choosing to live in Washington, D.C. as a widow and Montpelier remained in private hands until 1983, when Marion duPont Scott bequeathed the property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with a $10 million endowment to buy and maintain it. The organization has worked to restore Montpelier to the Madison era. Ex Claude Harkins Collection.
Estimated Value $50 - 75