Places of Interest

James Madison Museum

129 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960

(540) 672-1776

The first museum in the United States to honor James Madison, the Museum’s mission is to preserve and present the remarkable history of Orange County, along with the contributions of the Father of the Constitution/President James Madison, First Lady, Dolley Madison and Orange-born President (General) Zachary Taylor.   


In our Hall of Agriculture & Transportation, guest enjoy the large collection of agricultural implements and 1732 cube house; testaments to the agrarian history of Orange.  Our Black History Room conveys the intertwined history of Black Americans from the American Revolution onward through Post-Emancipation.  The Madison Room displays numerous possessions of the Madisons and Taylor; along with a few from Washington, Jefferson and Monroe.  The Manahoac Confederacy & Paleo-American exhibit will hopefully inspire our guests to learn more about the first Americans.  Our Temporary Exhibit Room changes every few months - so come see what's on exhibit today!


11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957

(540) 672-2728

The lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth President of the United States; his beloved wife Dolley, America's first "First Lady"; and six generations of enslaved individuals. One of the most significant and authentic architectural restorations ever achieved in the United States. Curatorial and archaeological research are returning the House and landscape to its appearance in Madison's time, including interpretation and reconstruction of enslaved community sites. House tours are complemented by the exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour, walking tours, the Grills and duPont galleries, a Museum Shop, an archaeology lab and archaeological dig sites, formal gardens, 8+ miles of walking trails, Madison family and slave cemeteries, and award winning BBQ at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Also included on the 2,650-acre property: the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution; the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman's farm; a Civil War encampment site; and the restored 1910 Train Depot housing the permanent exhibition In the Time of Segregation. The grounds, gardens, and trails are free and open to the public daily during business hours. Located 25 miles north of Charlottesville and 4 miles south of historic Orange. 

Museum of Culpeper History

113 S. Commerce Street, Culpeper, VA 22701

(540) 829-1749

What do T Rex, George Washington, Daniel Boone, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, Eppa Rixey, and Pete Hill have in common? Culpeper, of course! The Museum of Culpeper History houses long-term and changing exhibitions illuminating Culpeper's rich heritage. Some of these displays include artifacts from local dinosaur activity millions of years ago, American Indian life before the advance of the European settler, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and a wide variety of 20th/century displays on social life, sports, and events unique to Culpeper. A museum shop is on the premises. Special exhibits, hands-on activities, educational tours, and special events are part of the Museum's creative programming. The Museum is open from Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm. It is closed in January so that we can change exhibits, but special tours can be arranged. Come visit!

The Exchange Hotel

400 S Main St, Gordonsville, VA 22942

(540) 832-2944

The Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum, Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand veranda welcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and the wounded were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. During the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role as a hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era and houses an extensive collection of medical and historical artifacts.

Paranormal groups interested in having private investigations please see our website or call.
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Orange County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146, 111 Spicers Mill Road, Suite B, 

Orange, VA  22960
Phone 540-672-5216

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