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Orange, Virginia Historical Markers

 
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By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
Bloomsbury Marker
Virginia (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
Virginia (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 — Map (db m4698) HM
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (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 1934 — Map (db m83144) HM
Virginia (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 m104736) HM
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (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
Virginia (Orange County), Orange — Z-12 — Orange County / Madison County
(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 . . . — Map (db m4758) HM
Virginia (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
Virginia (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 m4702) HM
Virginia (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 . . . — Map (db m4701) HM
Virginia (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 m41517) HM

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