Madison’s Trash Heap Yields Stuff Of History

10/19/2007 • News, US Presidents

It was just a broken plate found buried in a trash heap. But to researchers at James Madison’s estate, Montpelier, fragments of porcelain unearthed last month from the Virginia piedmont tell a story of a first lady, two U.S. presidents, a king and queen and the revolutions that bind their legacies more than 200 years later.