Dolley Madison’s Birthplace

Restoration of Dolley Madison’s birthplace involved disassembling and relocating the abandoned 1768 one and a half story log house, to a site adjoining the Greensboro Historical Society Museum. The majority of the logs were retained, including the chestnut fireplace mantle timber. Deteriorated sandstone was replaced with carefully matched stone.

Born in the Quaker settlement of New Garden, North Carolina in 1768, Dolley Payne and her family moved to their native Virginia soon after. She married James Madison, at the time a member of the US House of Representatives, in 1794. Some years later, since he was a widower, President Thomas Jefferson turned to Dolley as resident first lady during his presidency. After her husband James became President in 1808, Dolley’s weekly gatherings greatly contributed to her husband’s popularity during his term, and provided a social setting in which to discuss politics of the time.