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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Orange County, Virginia

Clickable Map of Orange County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Orange County, VA (158) Albemarle County, VA (111) Culpeper County, VA (145) Greene County, VA (8) Louisa County, VA (41) Madison County, VA (48) Spotsylvania County, VA (389)  OrangeCounty(158) Orange County (158)  AlbemarleCounty(111) Albemarle County (111)  CulpeperCounty(145) Culpeper County (145)  GreeneCounty(8) Greene County (8)  LouisaCounty(41) Louisa County (41)  MadisonCounty(48) Madison County (48)  SpotsylvaniaCounty(389) Spotsylvania County (389)
Adjacent to Orange County, Virginia
    Albemarle County (111)
    Culpeper County (145)
    Greene County (8)
    Louisa County (41)
    Madison County (48)
    Spotsylvania County (389)
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101Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Civil War & Gilmore Farm Trail
Roundtrip: One mile of level woodland trails An easy walk through a Confederate winter camp to the Gilmore Farm, home of freed Montpelier slave, George Gilmore and his wife, Polly. Montpelier During the War After Dolley Madison sold . . . Map (db m103579) HM
102Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Civil War Encampment
Guided by the discoveries of local relic collectors, archaeologists have found an extensive Confederate Army encampment within these woods. Excavations have uncovered the remains of huts built by the soldiers during the winter of 1863 and 1864. The . . . Map (db m171058) HM
103Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Confederate Camp & Freedman's Farm Trail
After Dolley Madison sold Montpelier in 1844, the estate witnessed many important historic events, few more significant than those of the 1860s. Throughout the winter of 1863 and 1864, as many as 4,500 Confederate troops camped here, part of a . . . Map (db m31715) HM
104Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Confederate Encampment — Reconstructing a Company Street
Modern re-enactors from the 3rd Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia constructed these huts. Like the South Carolina Brigade before them, the re-enactors cut these logs from the surrounding woods. The trees around you are about the same age as . . . Map (db m103406) HM
105Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — JJ-29 — Dolley Madison — (1768-1849)
Born to Quaker parents in North Carolina, Dolley Payne lived with her family in Hanover County, Virginia until 1783. Following the death of her first husband, John Todd, she married Congressman James Madison in 1794. As First Lady of the United . . . Map (db m63669) HM
106Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Gilmore Family Cemetery
George and Polly Gilmore's Graves This area contains several graves of the Gilmore family. Most prominent among these are the graves of George and Polly Gilmore who are buried beneath the depressions in front of this sign. These depressions . . . Map (db m103407) HM
107Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — JJ-26 — Gilmore Farm
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 . . . Map (db m23986) HM
108Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Gilmore Farm — A Freedman's Home
George Gilmore, born a slave on the Montpelier plantation about 1810, was freed with the Federal occupation of Orange County in 1865. With his wife Poly and three children, he established a small farmstead near the plantation where he had been . . . Map (db m103408) HM
109Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Homes for Enslaved Families — c. 1820s
Slaves who worked in the Madison's household lived in this nearby area known as the "south yard." The yards of these homes, where most of the household activities took place, were in direct sight of the mansion. As a result, the Madisons would have . . . Map (db m23968) HM
110Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 22 — Madison Farm Complex — 1760s - 1840s
In the fields in front of you, archaeologists have found the extremely well-preserved remains of James Madison's plantation farm complex, which served as the hub of the working farm and the home for several generations of field slaves. This complex, . . . Map (db m24050) HM
111Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — JJ 35 — Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District
The Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District, encompassing 32,520 acres of the Piedmont, has been inhabited for more than 12,000 years and contains almost 200 identified prehistoric archaeological sites. Nearby was the likely location of Stegara, a . . . Map (db m117219) HM
112Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Montpelier Flag Stop
Train service first came to Montpelier in 1880 when the rail line from Orange to Charlottesville was completed. After 1910, a Southern Railway station agent managed the freight, passenger, and telegraph operations, and beginning in 1912, served as . . . Map (db m31752) HM
113Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Montpelier Train Station — In the Time of Segregation
"We tend to shy away from our past...we should face up to it, live with it, otherwise it will live with you, and haunt you, and distort you, for all your days." John Hope Franklin, historian, Speaking at the Montpelier slave descendants . . . Map (db m31723) HM
114Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 23 — Mount Pleasant c. 1750s — First Madison Family Home Site
James Madison's grandfather, Ambrose Madison, had his slaves construct Mount Pleasant sometime after 1723. Ambrose moved his family here in 1732 from Virginia's Tidewater and unexpectedly died within a few months. Court records show that three . . . Map (db m24115) HM
115Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Post-Emancipation
With emancipation, African-Americans found themselves in a complex situation. By law, slavery was abolished, promising freedom and citizenship, but few owned land or had resources to support themselves, and prejudice against them was widespread. . . . Map (db m24159) HM
116Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — Slave Cemetery — c. 1820s
The burial ground where you are standing is the final resting lace for many members of Montpelier's enslaved community. Slaves' belief in a spiritual world - originating in African religions - was reinforced by Christianity. This drawing shows . . . Map (db m24120) HM
117Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 19 — The African American Cemetery — Discovering Madison
"I walk in the graveyard, I walk through the graveyard To lay this body down. I lay in the grave and stretch out my arms; I lay this body down." -African American spiritual from the era of slavery, as recorded in James Weldon Johnson, the . . . Map (db m24118) HM
118Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 14 — The Backyard — Discovering Madison
"...the sumptuous board spread under the forest oaks .... everything that a luxurious country could produce, wines, and the well filled punch bowl, to say nothing of the invigorating mountain air ..." - Mary Cutts, Memoir, c. 1840. The . . . Map (db m23969) HM
119Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 12 — The Blacksmith Shop — Discovering Madison
"And I desire my black Smith Moses, may belong to such of my children as he shall chose if they are willing to take him at a reasonable price." - Will of James Madison, Sr., 1787 The Blacksmith shop, constructed by Madison's father in the . . . Map (db m23966) HM
120Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 21 — The Garden — Discovering Madison
"It was a paradise of roses and other flowers, to say nothing of the strawberries, and vegetables; every rare plant and fruit was sent to him by his admiring friends, who knew his taste, and they were carefully studied and reared by the gardener . . . Map (db m23985) HM
121Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 24 — The Madison Family Cemetery — Discovering Madison
"The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished an perpetuated." -James Madison, Advice to My Country, 1834 The Madison Family Cemetery is the understated resting place for two of . . . Map (db m24117) HM
122Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 17 — The Quarters — Discovering Madison
"The Negro habitations are separate from the dwelling house both here and all over Virginia, and they form a kind of village." - Journal of Sir Augustus John Foster, 1807 The Quarters, a cluster of wooden buildings segregated from the main . . . Map (db m24047) HM
123Virginia (Orange County), Montpelier Station — 8 — The Road — Discovering Madison
"Having lost ourselves in the mountain road which leads thro' a wild woody tract of ground, and wandering for some time in Mr. Madison's domain, which seemed interminable, we at last reached his hospitable mansion." - Margret Bayard Smith, . . . Map (db m23903) HM
124Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-4 — Bloomsbury
A mile north is Bloomsbury, estate of the pioneer, James Taylor, ancestor of Presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor. He was a member of Spotswood's expedition over the mountains in 1716.Map (db m4699) HM
125Virginia (Orange County), Orange — F-32 — Campaign of Second Manassas
Near here Stonewall Jackson camped, August 13-15, 1862, just after the Cedar Mountain engagement.Map (db m4765) HM
126Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-6 — Campaign of Second Manassas
Two miles north, near Pisgah Church, Jackson, Ewell and A.P. Hill camped, August 15-20, 1862, awaiting Longstreet.Map (db m170877) HM
127Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-34 — Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman
Andrew Maples grew up in Orange and completed the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Hampton Institute in 1941. He graduated from the Advanced Flying School at the Tuskegee Army Air Field on 14 Jan. 1943, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the . . . Map (db m104683) HM
128Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Confederate Dead — Orange County
They fought for the right. They died for their country. Cherish their memory. Imitate their example.Map (db m170876) WM
129Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Crosthwaite Alley
Named for Crosthwaite's Tavern, site of Orange County's second courthouse, built here in 1751.Map (db m170701) HM
130Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Elder John Leland
Courageous leader of the Baptist Doctrine Ardent advocate of the principles of democracy Vindicator of separation of church and state. Near this spot in 1788, elder John Leland and James Madison, the father of the American Constitution, held a . . . Map (db m4697) HM
131Virginia (Orange County), Orange — General Zachary Taylor
A valiant soldier General Zachary Taylor 1784-1850 Twelfth President of the United States Born in Orange County Virginia Erected by Orange County Post No. 156 The American Legion 1934Map (db m83144) HM
132Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Historic Downtown Orange
In 1998, The Orange Commercial Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register in recognition of the distinctive characteristics of its architecture and its association with events . . . Map (db m170873) HM
133Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Honoring the People of Orange County
Honoring the People of Orange County who served the Cause of Liberty, 1775-1783Map (db m157205) WM
134Virginia (Orange County), Orange — F-17 — Kemper's Grave
A mile south is the grave of James Lawson Kemper, who led his brigade of Virginia troops in Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, and fell desperately wounded. He became a Major-General in 1864. Kemper was governor of Virginia, 1874-1878.Map (db m170878) HM
135Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Korean War Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Orange County, Virginia, who served in the Korean War, 1950-1953 and in memory of the seven who gave their lives Arnold, Wallace M. • Brown, William F. • Clatterbuck, Roland W. • Collier, John A. • . . . Map (db m170678) WM
136Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-2 — Lee's Headquarters
Half a mile west, at the Rogers farm called Middle Hill, Gen. Robert E. Lee kept his headquarters from Dec. 1863 to May 1864. His Army of Northern Virginia, in winter camp, guarded the south side of the Rapidan River from the vicinity of Liberty . . . Map (db m4700) HM
137Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-37 — Little Zion Baptist Church
At the end of the Civil War, African Americans constituted a majority of the congregation of the white-led Zion Baptist Church, organized nearby in 1813. Exercising newfound autonomy after emancipation, black members withdrew and established Little . . . Map (db m170879) HM
138Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Mayhurst
Mayhurst has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior c. 1859Map (db m170674) HM
139Virginia (Orange County), Orange — F-26 — Montpelier and Madison's Tomb
Five miles southwest is Montpelier, the home of James Madison, "Father of the American Constitution" and fourth president of the United States, 1809-1817. Near the house is the tomb of Madison, who died at Montpelier on June 28, 1836.Map (db m4703) HM
140Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-1 — Oakley
Dr. Robert Thomas, a prominent Orange County physician, constructed Oakley in the Greek Revival style in 1843. His daughter Sarah (Sally) Thomas Browning and her husband, G. Judson Browning, later owned it. George W. Bagby (1828-1883), Southern . . . Map (db m22226) HM
141Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Z-12 — Orange County / Madison 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, . . . Map (db m4758) HM
142Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Orange County Visitor Center — 1909-1910 — Orange Commercial Historic District —
Originally Southern Railway Passenger DepotMap (db m170685) HM
143Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-31 — Orange Graded School — Rosenwald Funded
Orange Graded School, built in 1925 to replace the African American schoolhouse on West Main Street, stood here. Of the several county schools for black students, Orange Graded was the only one built using the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which was . . . Map (db m89880) HM
144Virginia (Orange County), Orange — F-30 — Orange Train Station
Beginning in 1749, Orange County's successive courthouses have been located just west of here. In 1854, the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, constructed to link Alexandria with central Virginia, reached Orange and a train station was built near here. . . . Map (db m170870) HM
145Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-32 — Shady Grove School
The Orange County School Board acquired five acres here in 1894 and established Shady Grove School for African American students. With contributions from African American patrons, the county erected a new two-room frame building here ca. 1923. . . . Map (db m170702) HM
146Virginia (Orange County), Orange — St. Thomas Church — The Ideals Of The Past - The Purpose Of The Future
The bricks let into the floor below were part of the foundation of the old Middle Church built prior to 1740 and located on Church Run at Meadow Farm, Orange, Virginia.Map (db m170675) HM
147Virginia (Orange County), Orange — The Orange Railroad Depot — The Orange & Alexandria Railroad — Crossing —
1965 On the snowy evening of February 1, 1965, this railway station was severely damaged when steel girders being carried on three piggybacked trailers of a northbound freight train broke loose and swung to the right as the train rounded . . . Map (db m170705) HM
148Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Town of Orange — Confederate Hardships — Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —
After Gettysburg and some minor operations during the summer and fall of 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Confederate army settled into winter quarters on the hills around the town of Orange Court House. Lee relied on the Orange and Alexandria . . . Map (db m4701) HM
149Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Vietnam War Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Orange County, Virginia who served in the Vietnam War 1964-1975 and in memory of the seven who gave their lives Clarke, William Mosby, Jr. • Estes, Richard Hirum, Jr. • Fincham, William Edward • Hurst, . . . Map (db m170682) WM
150Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Welcome to… The Town of Orange — Sweet Living, Steady Progress — —
town history Orange was born as one of Virginia's Court House villages on November 24, 1749, when the Gentlemen Justices of Orange County voted to hold County Court sessions in Timothy Crosthwait's tavern alongside "Swift Run Gap Road," the . . . Map (db m170689) HM
151Virginia (Orange County), Orange — World War I Memorial
In honor of the men of Orange County, Virginia who served in the Great War and in memory of the eighteen who gave their lives Daniel Ashby McIntosh • Edward D'Oyley Northrop • Bernard E. Verling • Charles R. . . . Map (db m170679) WM
152Virginia (Orange County), Orange — World War II Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Orange County, Virginia who served in the Second World War and in memory of the 44 who gave their lives Andrews, Wm. McKendree • Beck, William Edwin • Breeden, General Lee • Bryant, Gordon Otto • . . . Map (db m170680) WM
153Virginia (Orange County), Orange — JJ-3 — Wreck at the Fat Nancy
Here, on 12 July 1888, occurred one of Virginia's largest train disasters, the wreck of the Virginia Midland Railroad's Train 52, the Piedmont Airline. As it crossed the 44-foot-high, 487-foot-long trestle, called the Fat Nancy for a local African . . . Map (db m170880) HM
154Virginia (Orange County), Rhoadesville — JJ-24 — Campaign of 1781
Lafayette, marching southward from Raccoon Ford, camped here, June 8-9, 1781.Map (db m5454) HM
155Virginia (Orange County), Rosena — GA-42 — Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District
Extending from the Orange County line on the north to the outskirts of Charlottesville with the Southwest Mountains forming its spine, this historic district encompasses more than 31,000 acres and contains some of the Piedmont’s most pristine and . . . Map (db m40775) HM
156Virginia (Orange County), Somerset — James Madison and Dolley Madison
Near this spot are buried James Madison "Father of the Constitution" Fourth President of the United States 1809-1817 and Dolley Madison his wifeMap (db m24226) HM
157Virginia (Orange County), Unionville — JJ-33 — Isabella Lightfoot Training School
Isabella Miller Lightfoot, born in Pennsylvania and educated at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, taught African American children in Orange County from the 1880s to the 1930s. With other African American patrons, she donated funds for a . . . Map (db m170703) HM
158Virginia (Orange County), Verdiersville — JJ-12 — Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape"
At dawn on 18 Aug. 1862, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was awakened by the clatter of approaching cavalry. Expecting Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to join him in scouting Maj. Gen. John Pope's Union army, Stuart was surprised by Federal troopers instead. . . . Map (db m4696) HM

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