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Orange County Visitor Center

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Saturday

10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday and Sunday 11 am - 3 pm

Closed for some holidays.




122 East Main Street, Historic Train Depot,

Orange, Virginia

We are a Virginia State certified Visitor Center.


Gordonsville Visitor Center

Visitor Center Hours:

Monday -Thursday 10 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday 10 am - 4:00 pm

Closed on Sunday and for some holidays.




Next to Town Hall at 200 South Main Street,

Gordonsville, Virginia



© 2019 All Rights Reserved


Local Events

October 2019

Throughout October

Corn Maze Open at Liberty Mills Farm

The largest corn maze this side of the Mississippi, 33 acres of FUN, open through early November.


see website

Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6, 2019

Annual Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials

The 31st Annual Fall Fiber Festival, held on the grounds of James Madison's Montpelier.


10 am- 5 pm | Sat.

10 am - 4 pm | Sun.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Gordonsville Fall Festival

A day full of vendors, crafters, food groups, and entertainment for all ages.


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 5, 2019

Montpelier Wine Trail Fall Festival

The festival will feature tastings from all six of the wine trail's wineries as well as amazing food, live music and craft vendors at Honah Lee Vineyard.


12 pm - 6 pm

October 10-October 13, 2019

Photograph a Presidential Home

Led by award-winning National Geographic photographer Kenneth Garrett  you will learn about this historic site and will have unprecedented access to capture history through your photographic lens.


2 pm

October 11, 2019

Night Tour and Paranormal Investigation at The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Medical Museum

You will be taken on a guided tour through the museum and hopefully hear from our resident spirits as we talk about the history of this beautiful museum.


7 pm - Midnight

Saturday, October 12, 2019

4th Annual Chili Cookoff, Brewfest and Cornhole Tournament

 The 4th Annual Best of Virginia Chili Cookoff, Brewfest and NEW this year, the we are hosting the East Orange Ruritan Club Corn hole tournament!!!The Worx take the stage at 1:30 to rock out the afternoon!


11 am - 6 pm

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pumpkin Painting Party at Well Hung Vineyard Tasting Room 

In celebration of fall, we're hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party!
Come join us with our instructor Artists in Bloom to create your very own unique autumnal decoration!


6 pm - 8 pm

Friday, October 18, 2019

Candlelight Tours At The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum

 Take a tour of the museum in full candlelight and enjoy the beauty and learn about our history after dark! 


7 pm - 11 pm 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Appraisal Fair at the James Madison Museum

The appraisal fair will offer attendees the opportunity to have a verbal appraisal on a variety of antique and unique treasures by a group of local experts.


11 am - 6 pm

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Soldier 

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to present a Living History Event at Ellwood detailing what life was like for the common soldier in the Civil War.Presented by multiple living historians .


10 am - 5 pm

October 18,19, 20 &

24, 25, 26, 27,  2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  

Presented by local community theater, Lake of The Woods Players.


see website for times

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Architectural Photography Workshop

Montpelier's architectural historian and photographer will lead you through the basics of architectural photography.  The class will provide instruction as well as the opportunity for open shooting.


10 am - 12 pm

October 25 & 26, 2019

Salubria After Dark 

For the first time ever, come experience Salubria as never before! Stories to fright and delight the young and old alike, join us for a special evening of storytelling on the grounds of historic 1757 Salubria,


see website for times

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Autumn Color Walk & Nursery Talk

Join Grelen Founder, Dan Gregg, for a hike through the property to see some beautiful fall color! This event is FREE and no sign-ups are required.


9:30 am - 11:30 am

October 26 & 27,2019

Halloween Craft Weekend at Horton Vineyard

Horton is hosting a weekend of Halloween Crafts. Different craft activities will be available in the tasting room. There is no cost associated with the crafts. Come spend the day.


10:00 am- 5:00pm 

FRIDAY,  November1, 2019


Trick or Treating along Main Street, downtown Orange, giveaways in Taylor Park and Short Street. Fun for all ages!


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

november 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Montpelier Hunt Races

One of Orange County's most unique events, the 85th Annual Montpelier Hunt Races.Activities for the whole family begin with Terrier Races and end with seven exciting Horse Races.  Held on the grounds of James Madison's Montpelier.


9  am- 6 pm 

Saturday, November 2, 2019 

Fall Cellar Tasting at Horton Vineyards

Horton Chili will be available along with our usual diverse list of wines to taste. Tours and cellar tastings of our NEW wines will also be included.


10 am - 5 pm 

November 8 -11, 2019

Veterans Day Weekend Free for All U.S. Military Veterans at James Madison's Montpelier

During Veterans Day Weekend, Montpelier says "thank you" to all U.S. military veteran guests with a free House tour and Museum Shop discount.


9  am- 5 pm 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

13th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Gordonsville, Virginia

Honor veterans from throughout Central Virginia in the Gordonsville Annual Veteran's Parade.Come and feel that patriotism, and be sure to bring your children to enjoy the pageantry and support the values of respect and honor that have made this country great.


2  pm 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Warrior Hike at The Market at Grelen

The Market at Grelen invites you to participate in its third hiking event to benefit Warrior Expeditions, a non-profit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition from military service back into civilian life.


12 pm- 3 pm 

October 3 - November 30, 2019

Arts Center In Orange- Morin Gallery Exhibit: EQUUS V: Horses in the Virginia Landscape 

Enjoy the Morin Gallery Exhibit exploring our beloved horses in the Virginia landscape, juried show and exhibit open through November 30th. Free to enjoy during open hours of The Arts Center In Orange.


10 am- 5 pm 

Open Through November 11, 2019 

Corn Maze Open at Liberty Mills Farm

The largest corn maze this side of the Mississippi, 33 acres of FUN, open through early November.


see website

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Innovation Celebration at Grymes Memorial School

  • Free Celebration!

  • 7th & 8th Grade Innovation Projects

  • Innovative Activities in Math, Science and Spanish

  • Family Fun w/ free tethered hot air Balloon Rides

  • Food Trucks Onsite


4 pm- 6 pm 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wine, Oysters and live music in Library 1821 at Barboursville Vineyards

Vineyard views, live music, and the oyster-man from Rappahannock River Oyster shucking fresh Old Salty & Bayside Oysters


12:30-3:30 pm

November 22 - December 15, 2019

Irving Berlin’s

Four County Players is Central Virginia’s longest continuously operating community theater. November 22 – December 15 on the Mainstage


see website for show times 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Celebration by Barboursville Vineyard

A four course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.


1:00 pm

Every Saturday, Nov 30 - Dec 21, 2019

Santa Visits Grelen!

He's making a list, checking it twice, & making a special trip down to The Market from the North Pole EVERY Saturday through the holiday season. November 30th until December 21st. Visiting with Santa is FREE! 


11:00 am - 2:00pm

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019

Chateau MerrillAnne Bonfire

What is better than a bonfire and a glass of Chateau MerrillAnne wine? Especially when its the Saturday after Thanksgiving. BEACH FRIES food truck on site. Great food, great wine, great company! 


4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Town of Gordonsville Memorial Tree Lighting

The lights on the tree are in memory of loved ones who are no longer with us during the holiday season.


5:45 pm

November 22 - December 15, 2019

Irving Berlin’s

Four County Players is Central Virginia’s longest continuously operating community theater. November 22 – December 15 on the Mainstage


see website for show times 

Wednesday, Dec. 4 & Thursday Dec. 5, 2019

Wreath-Making Workshop

This all-inclusive workshop will provide a wreath base, all of the greens, wire, and ribbon you need to create your wreath. 


10:00 am-12:00pm

Saturday,December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2019

Enchanted Extravaganza 2019 at The Market at Grelen

Featuring holiday decor, handmade gifts from local artisans, Grelen trees and greens, ready to hang wreaths, you can even visit Santa*... Enchanted Extravaganza has it all!


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, Dec.5 - Jan. 31, 2020 

Morin Gallery Exhibit- A Common Thread:The Art of the Quilt at The Arts Center In Orange


10:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 6 - Sunday, Dec.17 

Gingerbread House Contest at The Arts Center In Orange

Come cast your vote for your favorite Gingerbread House! Houses will be displayed for voting and judging Dec. 6-17. Winners will be announced on or about Dec. 18.


10:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019

James Madison's Montpelier Holiday Open House

Join us for a FREE community holiday event. Take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities.


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Orange Christmas Parade

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Orange, the 2019 parade theme:Lights, lights, lights, Christmas lights....show the world how you light the way during the Christmas season.


4:30 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019

40th Annual

Community Memorial

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Community Memorial Christmas Tree has been lit on the first Sunday in December at Taylor Park in the Town of Orange since 1978. 


see website for time

Mid December, dates to be announced

Singing Christmas Tree presented by the Orange Baptist Church

Dates and times will be announced. 


To be announced

Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 2019

Fairy Garden Workshop at The Market at Grelen

Bring out the family for an interactive workshop taught by Plant Designer Farley Farrar. 


10:00 am 

Saturday, Dec. 14 & Sunday, Dec.15, 2019

Victorian Christmas at Ellwood Manor

Saturday, Dec. 14  9 am - 2 pm

(Santa will be there from 9 am - noon)

Sunday, Dec.15th  noon - 3 pm


See Website

Friday,December 20, 2019 & Friday,January 24, 2020

Wine Dinner at Vintage Restaurant at The Inn at Willow Grove

Vintage will be pouring tastings from their wine library to complement a menu created by our culinary team.  Seating begins at 6:30 pm. Friday, December 20, 2019 or Friday,January 24, 2020.


6:30 pm

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas At The Exchange 

Join the Exchange to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Sunday, December 21, 2019 

Christmas Lunch Celebration at Barboursville Vineyards

Enjoy a four course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.  


1:00 pm

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 

New Year's Eve Dinner and Celebration at Barboursville Vineyards

Celebrate the new year with a five course feast paired with Barboursville wines along with live Brazillian music from Beleza Duo, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford.


7:30 pm

more events to come...