Some have been noticing the shift in focus—and at times an ideological bias—that pervades many of our historic sites. Case in point: Montpelier, James Madison’s home, where politics has overtaken history.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the organization that owns Montpelier, has considerable resources, but Montpelier is not using its funds to preserve the legacy of James Madison. Rather, supported by the trust, Montpelier is diminishing Madison’s legacy and seeking to influence how history is taught throughout Virginia and how America itself is recognized on the world stage.
This piece originally appeared in the Federalist