James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born on March 16, 1751, on Belle Grove plantation, in an earlier house which no longer stands. Belle Grove plantation was the childhood home of his mother, Eleanor Rose "Nellie" Conway. Her father Francis Conway was the namesake for Port Conway.
Birthplace of Madison historic marker on US 301 in front of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. His birthplace was 400 yards (370 m) east in a house that no longer stands.