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

Orange County / Madison County

 
 
Orange County Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
1. Orange County Side
Inscription. (North Facing Side): Orange County
Formed from Spotsylvania County in 1734, Orange County, a pastoral Piedmont county, was probably named in honor of William IV, the Dutch prince of Orange, who married Anne, the Princess Royal, daughter of George II of England, earlier that year. President James Madison lived here at Montpelier and President Zachary Taylor was born here. Some fifty square miles of the county comprise the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District, an area rich in historic resources including the ruins of Barboursville, the home of Gov. James Barbour that was designed by 1817 by his friend Thomas Jefferson.

(South Facing Side): Madison County
In the hills of the Piedmont, against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Madison County was formed from Culpeper County in 1792. The county is named for James Madison, the "father of the American Constitution" and the fourth president of the United States. It contains a portion of the Shenandoah National Park. President Herbert Hoover had a rustic retreat constructed in the Blue Ridge Mountains here during his presidency (1929-1933). The county seat is Madison.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Z 12.)
 
Location. 38° 16.79′ 
Madison County Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
2. Madison County Side
N, 78° 8.34′ W. Marker is near Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of James Madison Highway (U.S. 15) and Little Skyline Drive (County Route 674), on the right when traveling south on James Madison Highway. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kemper's Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (approx. mile away); Woodberry Forest School (approx. 1.4 miles away); General Zachary Taylor (approx. 2.8 miles away); Montpelier and Madison's Tomb (approx. 2.8 miles away); Orange Train Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wreck at the Fat Nancy (approx. 2.9 miles away); Oakley (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Orange.
 
Also see . . .
1. Barboursville and Ruins. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places documentation for the site. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Barboursville Ruins. Virginia state tourism entry. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Camp Hoover. (PDF) National Register nomination for President Hoover's Summer White House. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Photo of Camp Hoover. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
5. Camp Hoover. A Presidential Retreat in Shenandoah National Park. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Orange County / Madison County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
3. Orange County / Madison County Marker
 

6. Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on January 16, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
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Montpelier (1764) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, September 20, 2014
4. Montpelier (1764)
The home of President James Madison is one of the centerpiece estates of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. Located near Montpelier Station, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966
Barboursville (1822) image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 17, 2010
5. Barboursville (1822)
Designed by Thomas Jefferson and destroyed by fire in 1884, it is one of the centerpiece estates of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. Located near Barboursville, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
Frascati (1823) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, April 20, 2013
6. Frascati (1823)
The home is one of the centerpiece estates of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. Located near Somerset, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Rocklands (1851) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, April 20, 2013
7. Rocklands (1851)
Built in 1851 and enlarged in 1905 it is one of the centerpiece estates of the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District. Located near Gordonsville, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 931 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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