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Near Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gilmore Farm

 
 
Gilmore Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
1. Gilmore Farm Marker
Inscription. George Gilmore was born into slavery at Montpelier about 1810. Like millions of African Americans throughout the South, Gilmore made the transition to freedom after the Civil War. Many emancipated slaves worked on the same plantation where they once labored. Gilmore, his wife Polly and five children lived in this cabin built by family members in 1873 and farmed the surrounding fields. In 1901 George Gilmore obtained the deed for 16 acres from Dr. James A. Madison. After Gilmore's death in 1905 the property remained in the family until 1920. Archaeological and architectural investigations have resulted in the restoration of this rare example of a surviving freed family's cabin.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ 26.)
 
Location. 38° 13.581′ N, 78° 10.86′ W. Marker is near Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Gilmore Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Dolley Madison (within shouting
Gilmore Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
2. Gilmore Farm Marker
distance of this marker); Post-Emancipation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montpelier Train Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Montpelier Flag Stop (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Encampment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Camp & Freedman's Farm Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Madison and Dolley Madison (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier Station.
 
Also see . . .  Gilmore Family. Page from the Montpelier site. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAgriculture
 
Gilmore Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
3. Gilmore Cabin
Hog Pens behind the Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
4. Hog Pens behind the Cabin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 662 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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