History and Heritage

Historical Sites

Barboursville Ruins:


Governor Barbour’s mansion, now preserved as a historic landmark after a Christmas Day fire in 1884, was designed by Thomas Jefferson to be the grandest residence in Orange County.

  • 540-832-3824

  • 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA.

Ellwood Manor-


The Battlefield park’s roads, trails and parking areas will remain open and Ellwood Manor will be delayed in opening for the season.

Located on the Wilderness Battlefield, Ellwood Manor served as the headquarters for the right wing of the Union Army and houses exhibits on the battle.

  • 540-786-2880

  • 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, VA

Fort Germanna Visitor Center-


Germanna Visitor Center Open

The trails of the Siegen Forest are open sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week for a quiet hike in the woods. The trails are beautiful this time of year and run the banks of the Rapidan River.

The grounds of the center are located close to the site of the original Germanna Fort which Governor Alexander Spotswood caused to be built near the Rapidan River to house the first German immigrants that came to Virginia in 1714.

  • 540-423-1700

  • 2062 Germanna Highway,
    Locust Grove, VA 

Gilmore Cabin:

Exhibit Temporarily Closed

The Gilmore Cabin is a post-Civil War African-American’s house on the Montpelier property.The property offers a glimpse of what life was like for African-Americans in the years during the Reconstruction era. 

  • 540-672-2728

  • 11395 Constitution Hwy Orange, VA

James Madison's Montpelier-

Grounds and Visitor Center are open.

Grounds & Museum Shop are Open, and  they are offering Indoor & Outdoor Tours

  • The grounds will be open Thursday-Monday from 9 AM to 4 PM

  • Orange County Residents access for free

  • Non Residents, $10/car Day Pass 

  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their passes online before visiting.

There's a lot to do at Montpelier: take a guided tour, explore our galleries, stroll our 8+ miles of public walking trails, visit the archaeology lab, and enjoy the award-winning food at the Exchange Café

  • 540-672-2728

  • 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA

Montpelier Train Depot:

Exhibit Temporarily Closed

The 1910 Train Depot gives visitors a glimpse into the African American struggle for Civil Rights. Preserved to represent what it would have looked like during the Jim Crow era and located adjacent to the Montpelier gates.

  • 540-672-2728

  • 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA

Orange County Courthouse

Constructed in 1859 the Italianate-style courthouse is characterized by its centrally located, three-stage tower with overhanging eaves. It is the town’s third courthouse, the first having been completed in 1749 and the second courthouse, built 1802-04. 

  • 130 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

Orange County Historical Society-

Open by appointment

The Orange County Historical Society, Inc. is a research, archival, and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County.

  •  540-672-5366

  • 130 Caroline Street, Orange, VA

Orange Train Station-Open during Visitor Center hours

The Orange Train Station was built in 1909-1910, in a colonial revival style. Passenger train service was discontinued in the early 1970's. It is the home of the Orange County Visitors Center. 

  • 540-672-1653

  • 122 East Main Street, Orange, VA

Orange Historic Commercial District

The Historic District contains the oldest public, religious and commercial structures in the Town of Orange.

Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum-Temporarily Closed

This beautifully restored Greek revival structure was built as a railroad hotel in 1860. The hotel became the receiving hospital for 70,000 soldiers, Union and Confederate. 

  • 540- 832-2944

  • 400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 

Wilderness Battlefield:


 The Wilderness Battlefield is part of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms.

  • 540-693-3200

  • 35347 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove, VA


James Madison's Montpelier-

Grounds and Visitor Center Open

Home of the Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and America's 1st First Lady

  • 540-672-2728

  • 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 

Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum-Temporarily Closed

This beautifully restored Greek revival structure was built as a railroad hotel in 1860. The hotel became The Receiving Hospital, for 70,000 soldiers, Union and Confederate. 

  • 540- 832-2944

  • 400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 

The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage-Open

This museum promotes awareness of Orange County culture & heritage, along with Madison’s far reaching contributions to American history and other exhibits.

  • 540-672-1776

  • 129 Caroline Street, Orange, VA 

Carver 4 County Museum

Current Exhibit:ORIGINS

Learn about how the idea of secondary education for African American children took root and become realized within the four-county region of Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock.

  • 540-308-5014

  • 9432 James Madison Hwy, Rapida, VA. 

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Tours and Transportation

Audibert Tours

Phil Audibert has been conducting local history tours since 2008. He is also an historical video documentary producer, photographer, writer, musician, and conservationist. Fully insured.

  • 540-832-3509

Central Virginia Wine Tours and Transportation:


Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation's mission is to tailor your tour to your particular interests and needs to make your experience unforgettable. 

  •  540-809-3494

Piedmont  Limo and Tours:


Piedmont Limo & Tours chauffeurs you safely in comfort and style.  to ride and explore various destinations 

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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.


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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