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The early days of Orange were that of a courthouse town and railroad stop. Today the town is full of history and charm. Even after experiencing a tragic fire in 1908, which destroyed all the buildings in the eastern half of the town, Orange bounced back and is still a must-see tourist destination.

While visiting, don't miss the James Madison Museum where you can explore exhibits detailing the life and works of James Madison, his first cousin Zachary Taylor, and friend James Monroe.

Montpelier, home of President James Madison

Four miles south of Orange is Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, president of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and architect of the Bill of Rights. The 2,650-acre estate is nestled in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains has been restored to how it looked when James and Dolley Madison lived there.



James Madison Museum


Montpelier Visitor Center


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