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The Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter

Historical Sites

An open-air shelter provides orientation exhibits. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the 1864 battlefield.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Historical Sites

Orange, VA

Prior to Independence, the predecessor of the American Episcopal Church was the Anglican Church, known generally as the Church of England. Virginia law required its colonists to attend and support that church, which made it unpopular with many of them.

Orange, VA

Historic Towns & Villages

Historical Sites

Orange, VA

Orange Historic Downtown

Historical Sites

Orange, VA

In 1749, the unincorporated town of Orange Court House became the county seat. The Town was incorporated in 1872; in 1890, the official name was shortened to Orange.

James Madison’s Montpelier

Historical Sites

Montpelier Station, VA

The lifelong home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and fourth President of the United States, was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison’s father c.1760.

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast

Historical Sites

Orange, VA
Holladay house with blue shutters and brick

Circa 1830. Now a bed and breakfast, the namesake of this Federal structure, Dr. Lewis Holladay, purchased the home in 1899. Now a Virginia Bed and Breakfast inn, the Holladay House is one of the two oldest standing structures in historic downtown Orange, VA, and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places as […]

Gordonsville, VA

Historic Towns & Villages

Historical Sites

Gordonsville, VA

Gilmore Cabin

Historical Sites

Montpelier, VA

George Gilmore, a former enslaved African at Montpelier, built this home after his emancipation. George and his wife, Polly, leased the land from Dr. James Madison (a great-nephew of President Madison) in the late 1860s.

Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

Historical Sites

Museums

Gordonsville, VA

Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad.

Ellwood Manor

Historical Sites

Locust Grove, VA

William Jones built Ellwood circa 1790, and he or his descendants would own the place for the next century. In 1825, Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette dined at Ellwood during his triumphant tour of America. Other founding fathers, such as James Madison and James Monroe, may have stopped here, too.

Barboursville Winery

Historical Sites

Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Barboursville, VA

The wines of Barboursville Vineyards are consistently honored in competitions and demanded by wine stewards. The Inn is the only place on earth where the house within sight of your bedroom is a historic landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson. Palladio Restaurant is respected by food enthusiasts of every generation and critical perspective, extending to the […]

Barboursville Ruins

Historical Sites

Barboursville, VA

Barboursville Ruins is the only building in Orange County known to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson. It was constructed between 1814 and 1822 for Jefferson’s friend James Barbour, Governor of Virginia (1812-1814).