Yes, the James Madison Museum includes some great exhibits about its namesake, our fourth president and the “father of the constitution.” But since Orange County heritage in general is also part of the museum’s purview, an exhibit exploring the history, lives and culture of the area’s original native peoples is a natural.

This new permanent exhibit – featuring a wraparound mural that gives the feeling of entering a forest – includes tools, artifacts and information about the Manahoac Confederacy. Called the Stegaraki, members of these hunting, gathering and farming tribal communities lived here long before English settlement began.

The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage is located at 129 Caroline Street in downtown Orange. Click here for all the details you’ll need to plan your visit.

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