The Presidents’ Room
This room features personal belongings of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Z. Taylor as well as
the Virginia Ratification document of 1788 and a corresponding letter by Washington to his aide, Thomas Lear, about the celebrations in Alexandria. You can enjoy a collection of James and Dolley Madison artifacts 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.
Black History Exhibit Room
Honoring the diverse and rich heritage of Orange with a tribute to the 5,000 Black Americans who fought in the American Revolution; a segment remembering the enslaved community of Orange, and the struggles and victories of post-emancipation life. This is the newest permanent exhibit in the museum having opened on February 1, 2015. Please look at our “Black History” tab for videos of the opening ceremony.
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Hall of Transportation and Agriculture
To honor James Madison (the “Father of Agriculture” according to Thomas Jefferson), our Hall of Transportation and Agriculture displays an impressive selection of antique farm tools ranging from hand tools to early mechanized equipment. A record of local culture is also represented in the partially reconstructed 1733 “cube” house originally built on land leased by Alexander Spotswood. There are also fine examples of evolving modes of transportation: a lady’s side-saddle, sleighs, an 1800s Rockaway Carriage, and even an automobile – 1924 Ford Model A.