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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Orange, Virginia

Clickable Map of Madison 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> Madison County, VA (50) Culpeper County, VA (162) Greene County, VA (8) Orange County, VA (159) Page County, VA (88) Rappahannock County, VA (73)  MadisonCounty(50) Madison County (50)  CulpeperCounty(162) Culpeper County (162)  GreeneCounty(8) Greene County (8)  OrangeCounty(159) Orange County (159)  PageCounty(88) Page County (88)  RappahannockCounty(73) Rappahannock County (73)
Madison is the county seat for Madison County
Orange is in Madison County
      Madison County (50)  
      Culpeper County (162)  
      Greene County (8)  
      Orange County (159)  
      Page County (88)  
      Rappahannock County (73)  
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1Virginia (Madison 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 . . . Map (db m4758) HM
2Virginia (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
3Virginia (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
4Virginia (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
5Virginia (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
6Virginia (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
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7Virginia (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
8Virginia (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
9Virginia (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
10Virginia (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
11Virginia (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
12Virginia (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
13Virginia (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
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14Virginia (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
15Virginia (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
16Virginia (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
17Virginia (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
18Virginia (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
19Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Orange County Visitor Center — 1909-1910 — Orange Commercial Historic District —
Originally Southern Railway Passenger DepotMap (db m170685) HM
20Virginia (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
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21Virginia (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
22Virginia (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
23Virginia (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
24Virginia (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
25Virginia (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
26Virginia (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
27Virginia (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
28Virginia (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
29Virginia (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
30Virginia (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
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Dec. 8, 2022