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Visit Orange County Virginia

FIRST MUSEUM In The U.S.
to HONOR

PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON

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The first museum in the U.S. to honor our 4th President, Father of the Constitution, and author of the Bill of Rights, James Madison.  A blend of presidential, cultural and agricultural exhibits, the Museum houses a wonderful collection of the rich heritage of Orange County, Virginia.  Books, documents, costumes, furniture, farm equipment, presidential artifacts and a 1730's Patent ("Cube") House. There is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Our mission is to collect and preserve artifacts of the historic and cultural heritage of 18th-20th century Orange and the Piedmont, Virginia; and to memorialize, in particular, James Madison, Jr., 4th President of the United States, his life and times, and in his interest in and unique contributions to the fields of political theory and government, economics and agriculture.  Further, we honor Orange-born Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor, our 12th President.

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In our Hall of Agriculture & Transportation, guests 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 Madison and Taylor; along with artifacts of each of the eight Virginia-born presidents.  The Native American exhibit will hopefully inspire our guests to learn more about the first Americans and encourage research, education and dialogue.  Our Temporary Exhibit Room changes every few months - so come see what's on exhibit today!

Bits of Bloomsbury
Dolley P. T. Madison
Hand-tied Lures
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My thanks to Robert Van Ness and his Virginia History Podcast.

I've never done one before, I think nerves made me talk...a lot!

There is a "Show Notes" section that will feature photographs of the pod cast tour; the tour itself begins around 4:41. You can choose how you wish to listen. On the same page, lower down, are photographs - more will be posted.  Click Here.