Orange, VA Area
Welcome to Orange County Virginia!
Orange County is Central Virginia’s best kept secret and home to some of the most picturesque views of the Central Piedmont Region of Virginia. Equidistant among Culpeper, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, VA, there are numerous historical sites spanning centuries, fantastic wineries, quaint small towns that display a slower pace, antique and recycled antique shops, wonderful restaurants spanning many different cuisines, unique nurseries and farm markets, outdoor activities ranging from horseback riding to hot air ballooning to kayaking to skydiving.
Orange County claims a strong connection to two US Presidents, James Madison and Zachary Taylor. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, grew up on the Montpelier property and lived there until his death. James Madison’s Montpelier, located less than a mile from the Inn, is 2,600 acres and open to the public to explore. Zachary Taylor was born on the Montebello plantation in Barboursville, a relative’s property, during his family’s move to Kentucky.
The area played a crucial role in the US Civil War with two battles fought on its soil, the Battle of the Wilderness and the Battle of Mine Run. The Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville was converted into a medical facility to treat the wounded and today houses a popular Civil Was medical museum. Small encampments dot the Orange County landscape including our property where we have found buttons, bullets and various metal objects. You can discover more historical sites at our Things to Do tab above.
Most visitors discover the area’s “farm to table” approach at many restaurants. With Orange being a predominant agricultural hub, fresh food is always on the table and you can taste the difference. The best feature is that you can find a restaurant that fits your taste as well as budget throughout the county and area. Check out all the choices in Restaurants.
The most wonderful aspect of the area is the natural landscape. Getting from point A to point B comes with views of farmland, hayfields, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, farm stands and hidden gems. You can see Orange by floating down the river in a kayak, by horseback, by air, or have someone drive you to all the different wineries. It is an adventure worth taking.
Go to the Things to Do Tab at the top of the page or to the Orange County Tourism Website to explore all the possibilities.