Enjoy learning about the “Virginia Dynasty” of the founding years of our country along with the rich history of Orange, Virginia.
On Exhibit until July 11, 2014: The unique art of Earl Worick.
What you see exhibited is just a sample of the large work of art created by Mr. Worick from his days in Mt. View, California and over the last 17 years in Orange, Virginia. There have been several reviews written about Mr. Worick’s unique works of art. The Gourd Magazine, Forbes.com and Sunset Magazine wrote Worick now brings his rare and eccentric art to the James Madison Museum. Worick’s uncanny ability to bring out the art in nature is what makes him a rare find in the art world. From the Insider of the Orange Review, Phil Audibert wrote: Walking through Worick’s home (LaGaleria) near Lahore is something of a magical mystery tour. Under the picture window is a helicopter, a jet liner, a UFO and an armadillo. On a stand sits a calla lily with a Monarch butterfly perched on its scarlet petal. A tulip blooms. Bugs and a giant wasp cling to the wall, kept there magically by magnets placed over nails in the studs. From a twisted tree of vines hang gaily painted eggs. Bird’s nests nestle.”
Plan a visit soon to enjoy this fantastical display. The James Madison Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Questions? (540) 672-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3-Part Exhibit of African-American History
The “Forgotten Patriots of the American Revolution” educates us on the role of African-Americans who fought for our freedom.
“Slavery – The Rappahannock District” provides information on slavery in our district and Virginia in general.
“Post-Emancipation in Orange County” shares some of the challenges and successes of a freed people in our own community.
We are hoping to enlarge upon these exhibits when funding and support allows the restoration of the “Hill Top” building, which could provide a larger exhibit space for this growing exhibit.
The Madison Room
The Madison Room features personal belongings of James and Dolley Madison which include Madison’s favorite chair, his Campeche chair and a pair of Dolley’s engraved bracelets. Visitors explore the life of Father of the Constitution and America’s First First Lady, Dolley Payne Todd Madison. Discover how the Madisons’ legacy has molded the history of the United States and how it continues to inspire political discourse. Though we have loaned a number of Madison artifacts to Montpelier and The Fauquier History Museum at The Old Jail, we still have a nice array of items for your enjoyment.
Founding Friendship: Madison and Monroe
Through a time-line of events of these two Founding Fathers, visitors explore their relationship and effect on the new country. Peruse the Virginia Convention document ratifying the Constitution and Madison’s proposed Bill of Rights. Read the letter by George Washington to Tobias Lear about the celebrations in Alexandria over the ratification. Admire Eliza Monroe’s bed from the White House and other Monroe items on loan from the James Monroe Memorial Foundation. Visitors can enjoy a variety of china, books and other artifacts as well.
A quarter of all soldiers in the Revolutionary War were black. “Forgotten Patriots” explores the moral complexities of the period. It displays literature on African-American soldiers and Crispus Attucks, the first person to die in the Boston Massacre.
How did Orange receive it’s name?
Visit us and learn the answer.
Hall of Transportation and Agriculture
A record of local culture is also represented in the partially reconstructed 1733 “cube” house and examples of evolving modes of transportation from saddle to a 1924 Ford Model A.