8 Interesting Facts About Orange County, Virginia.
photo courtesy of Barboursville Vineyards
- Orange County is grape country. With six wineries and hundreds of acres of grape vines, it’s one of the major producers of grapes and wine in Virginia.
- After being inhabited for thousands of years by various cultures of indigenous peoples, the first European settlement in what was to become Orange County was Germanna, formed in 1714 when Governor Alexander Spotswood settled 12 German immigrant families there – a total of 42 people.
- Established in 1734, Orange County was originally the largest Virginia County ever formed, and maybe the largest in U.S. history! It initially included the vast unknown territory from its present eastern boundary to the Mississippi River on the west and to the Great Lakes on the north. It included territory that would later become Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin.