James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage

The first museum in the U.S. to honor our 4th President James Madison, The James Madison Museum houses a wonderful collection of documents, costumes, farm equipment, Madison family artifacts and even a 1730’s Patent House. The museum’s mission is to preserve and present the remarkable history of Orange County, along with the contributions of the Father of the Constitution/President James Madison, First Lady, Dolley Madison and Orange-born President (General) Zachary Taylor.

A large Hall of Agriculture & Transportation space features a collection of agricultural implements and 1732 cube house. These are testaments to the agrarian history of Orange.  A Black History Room conveys the intertwined history of Black Americans from the American Revolution onward through Post-Emancipation, while The Madison Room displays numerous possessions of Madison and Taylor. In fact, the museum holds artifacts of each of the eight Virginia-born presidents.  A Native American exhibit opens a door to the first Americans and encourage research, education and dialogue.


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Contact info

129 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960

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