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Madison's Va. homestead opens refurnished library

Tuesday - 2/18/2014, 3:42am  ET

ORANGE, Va. (AP) -- Presidents' Day was marked at James Madison's Montpelier with the opening of the fourth U.S. president's refurnished library.

With more than 4,000 volumes, Madison's library was widely recognized as one of the most significant in America. The opening of library followed a Presidents' Day weekend of specialty tours of the mansion and its furnishings.

The architectural restoration of Montpelier was completed in 2008. Since then, curators at the Orange estate have undertaken extensive research with the goal of relocating and acquiring objects that help visitors envision the time when the Madisons lived there.

Montpelier was the lifelong home of James and Dolley Madison. The home and its grounds are open to visitors year-round.


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