Historical Sites

Historical Sites & Museums

James & Dolley Madison’s Montpelier
Located one mile from the Inn at Westwood Farm
Special ticket pricing and reservations available for Inn Westwood Farm guests
Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA
Open every day 9am – 5pm, Tours 9:30-4:30

James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland
Neighbor to Jefferson’s Monticello
2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA
Open every day 9am – 6pm     (April – October)
Open every day 11am – 5pm   (November – March)

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA
Open every day 8:30am – 6pm, Tours start at 9am, last being 5:10pm

Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum
Special ticket pricing available for Inn at Westwood Farm guests
400 South Main Street, Gordonsville, VA
10am – 4pm (Monday-Thursday & Saturday),  1pm – 4pm (Sundays)

Michie Tavern
Taste of the 18th century. Located ½ mile down the mountain from Monticello
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA
Open every day, 11:30am – 3pm

The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage
Special ticket pricing available for Inn at Westwood Farm guests
129 Caroline Street, Orange, VA
Tuesday-Saturday 11am – 5pm

Wilderness Battlefield and Elwood Manor
Civil War battlefield offering walking trail, markers & monuments, with weekend guided tours.
5347 Constitution Hwy, Orange, VA 22160
Open every day from 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Barboursville Ruins
The only home in Orange County to be designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend and Governor, James Barbour.  The home burned down on Christmas Day, 1844. The remains of the building are located at the Barboursville Vineyard and is open during their business hours.

Montpelier Train Station
Built during the William DuPont era near the entrance to James Madison’s Montpelier estate in 1910, this train depot station was fully restored in 2010.  It houses a small self guided museum on segregation and what it was like during the Jim Crow era. The depot still houses the local post office.
Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Open everyday from 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The Gilmore Cabin
The history of the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans is told at the Gilmore Cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. Born a slave for President Madison in 1810, George Gilmore and his wife Polly raised five children on a small sharecroppers farm after emancipation. Built by George Gilmore and his sons, the cabin is one of only a few existing freedman’s homes left standing in the United States. View the video on it’s historical significance.
11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Open each day from 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. Self guided Monday – Friday, staffed on Saturday and Sunday

Orange Historical Society
The Orange County Historical Society, Inc. is a research, archival, and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County, Virginia, of its people, and the surrounding area. The Society’s reference library contains over 2,000 volumes, and there are over 1,300 files with information on families, historic buildings, events and sites, plus a map and photograph collection.
130 Caroline Street, Orange, VA 22960
Open Monday – Friday 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. & 3rd Sunday of the month 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Site of the Wreck of the Fat Nancy Trestle

The site of one of the worst railroad disasters in Virginia occurred “a stone’s throw” from our Inn. Ask the innkeepers of its exact location.
Even a song has been written about it by Odd Legged Jenny.

Germanna Vistor’s Center
The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia’s mission is to preserve the heritage of the earliest organized settlements of Germans in colonial Virginia in 1714 and 1717, augmented with additional infusions of immigrants in the 1730s and 1740s. An extensive visitor’s center, hiking trails and an active archaeology site.
2062 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508
Open Tuesday – Saturday 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.