Welcome to The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter
Virginia State Society
National Society United States Daughters of 1812
Charter Number 412
Organized in Orange, VA on 23 Sep 2003
Organizing President Anne Hoffman Winn (Mrs. John W.)
The origin of the name Montpelier, the Piedmont, Virginia home of James Madison’s Piedmont, seems to be Montpellier, France.
While at Princeton James Madison was deeply influenced by John Locke, the great British philosopher. Locke, like Madison, suffered physical ailments all of his life and often returned to his home in Montpellier, France to repair his health. After Princeton and many times throughout his life, Madison returned to Montpelier to repair his health.
There is no specific date when young James Madison first called his Piedmont home, “Montpelier,” but James’ father, James Sr., first used the name in 1799 in an application for insurance. It was constantly used after 1809 by President Madison, and he and his wife, Dolley, preferred and often used the French spelling “Montpellier.” (“James Madison A Life Reconsidered,” by Lynn Cheney, Penguin Books, New York, 2014, p.33.)
Correct Use of the Flag
Correct Use of the Flag Committee Chairman Jane Volchansky informed our members at our 6 November meeting that “vexillology” is the word for the study of flags.
The North American Vexillogical Association, NAVA, is the largest organization of flag scholars and enthusiasts in the world. You may find them on http://nava.org/.