Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Orange County / Spotsylvania County
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, and area rich in historic resources including the ruins of Barboursville, the home of Gov. James Barbour designed about 1814 by his friend Thomas Jefferson.
Spotsylvania County. Straddling the fall line, Spotsylvania County was formed from Essex, King William, and King and Queen Counties in 1720. It was named for Alexander Spotswood, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, partly, and Spotsylvania were fought in this county. The County seat is Spotsylvania Court House.
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Z-167.)
Topics and series. Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1734.
Location. 38° 19.57′ N, 77° 43.665′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Germanna Highway (State Highway 3) and Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west on Germanna Highway. Located just past the Wilderness Run bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landmark in the Wilderness (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Wilderness Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson’s Amputation Grant’s Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); An Uneasy Partnership (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grant Comes to Virginia (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Yard: A Busy Place (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
Regarding Orange County / Spotsylvania County. A "new" Z-series county line marker.
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