The obituary of The Honorable Helen Marie Taylor (11/17/1923-1/25/22) in part reads:
Helen Marie Taylor loved America and the liberty, creativity and prosperity she saw produced by the U.S. Constitution and our free enterprise system. She worked with passion and perseverance to protect and enhance the spiritual and intellectual foundations and the shared living history from which America's many blessings flow. (legacy.com)
The preservation of Bloomsbury was a project that was dear to her heart, a passion not a hobby. It was her desire that Bloomsbury be opened for tours to continue her dedication to preservation and education. Further, as one of the co-founders of the James Madison Museum she also wanted to ensure that the museum carried on well into the future.
On June 15, 2002 her wishes became a reality. The Helen Marie Taylor Trust and The James Madison Museum (of Orange County Heritage) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which allows the Museum the authority to provide tours of Bloomsbury which financially benefits the Museum; both of her wishes are being fulfilled. The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage is honored to have been entrusted with her legacy.
TOURS are BY APPOINTMENT. $24/ Adults (18-64); $10/Youth (7-17); $12 Seniors, 1st Responders, Military/Veterans.
Call the Museum (540) 672-1776. At this time (9/21/22) private tours are only on Sunday or Monday; by advance appointment.