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Step into history. Step into the first United States museum to honor James Madison. See displays of Orange County-born, U.S. President, Zachary Taylor. Explore the Black History Room, Native American Room, and Hall of Agriculture & Transportation. Immerse yourself into the impressive history of Orange County, Virginia.

The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to capturing and explaining the history of Orange County. From the chairs of three U.S. Presidents, to the story of the American Silk Mill in Orange, Virginia, the museum collects astounding artifacts of American history. This impressive museum is right here in Orange County, VA! To learn more, visit their website here.

Engage with History

Explore the James Madison Museum of Orange County, VA’s video library here.

Explore from Home

Explore: Dive into the “From the Collection” featured series in the Orange County Review newspaper. These articles tell the stories of important historical objects found in the museum. Short and sweet!

Learn: The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage writes engaging and entertaining blog posts of Orange County legend and lore. Find them here.

Support: Donations to the Museum allow the museum to continue its important work for the Orange County, VA community. Donate here.


Orange County Tabby Cat Coloring Page- For the Kids!

Check out this Ellwood Manor & Wilderness Battlefield coloring page from the Orange County Historical Society! Download it HERE. Be sure to send us a picture of your completed work to be featured on our social media pages!

You can also buy a whole book of fun, historic activities with “Purr” the Orange County Tabby Cat here. Happy illustrating!

*Photos sourced from the Ellwood Manor & Wilderness Battlefield website and social media pages.