Orange County

James Madison
Residence and Gravesite

Montpelier, the lifelong home of President Madison, is located four miles south of Orange, Virginia.  Highlights of the estate include the mansion, gardens and grounds, visitors' center, education center with exhibitions and the Madison family cemetery.  The mansion recently underwent extensive investigation and renovation to return it to its size and structure of the 1820s.  Montpelier is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Open to the public.

Address:  Box 67; 11407 Constitution Highway; Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Phone Number:  (540) 672-2728


James Madison
The James Madison Museum

The museum focuses upon the lives of James and Dolley Madison. It is also dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts and the cultural heritage of rural Virginia in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  A large number of artifacts connected to Madison are on display, including personal items, documents and house furnishings.  Open to the public.  

Address:  129 Caroline Street; Orange, Virginia

Phone Number:  (540) 672-1776


Zachary Taylor 
Montebello Estate Birthplace

Zachary Taylor's actual birthplace is in dispute. The State of Virginia has concluded, however, that the Montebello estate was the most likely site, and that possibly the birth took place in a secondary house on the property. Montebello is closed to the public but is recognized by a historic marker. 

Address: Highway 33; 5 miles west of Gordonsville, VA and just over 20 miles from Charlottesville, VA.

While in Orange County, visit other local attractions and accommodations.

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