The Backyard

The Backyard (HMFW1)

Location: Gaffney, VA 29341 Orange County
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N 38° 13.113', W 78° 10.112'

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Discovering Madison

"...the sumptuous board spread under the forest oaks .... everything that a luxurious country could produce, wines, and the well filled punch bowl, to say nothing of the invigorating mountain air ..."
- Mary Cutts, Memoir, c. 1840.

The Backyard barbecues so different from elegant Washington soirees, suited Dolley Madison's special flair for entertaining once she retired to Montpelier. Friends and family enjoyed the outdoor feasts that she spread under the forest oaks. The rich fragrance of lilacs and Pride of China trees mingled with the tantalizing aroma of whole roasted pigs. Tables groaned with Montpelier-grown food, impressing visitors with their lavish display of hospitality. Wine flowed as did lively conversation about politics, farming, and local gossip. When their work of serving ended, Montpelier's slaves were called on to entertain guests with fiddle playing, singing, and dancing.
HM NumberHMFW1
Marker Number14
Placed ByMontpelier Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 747879 N 4233855
Decimal Degrees38.21855000, -78.16853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.113', W 78° 10.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 6.78" N, 78° 10' 6.72" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1017-1053 S Granard St, Gaffney VA 29341, US
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