Gordonsville, Virginia

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Gordonsville is a town in Orange County in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.wikipedia
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Orange County, Virginia

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Gordonsville is a town in Orange County in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.
Orange County prospered with the development of several railroad routes through Orange and Gordonsville in the 1840s and 1850s.

Virginia Central Railroad

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It was strategically important during the Civil War, due to its location on the Virginia Central Railroad.
Chartered in 1836 as the Louisa Railroad by the Virginia General Assembly, the railroad began near the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad's line and expanded westward to Orange County, reaching Gordonsville by 1840.

Thomas Jefferson

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President Thomas Jefferson described the tavern in 1802 as a "good house" when recommending the best route south to Charlottesville from the recently established national capital on the Potomac. The commemorative marker at the site lists prominent Americans as guests at the tavern: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James & Philip Pendleton Barbour, James Waddel, William Wirt and Henry Clay.
He was taught from 1758 to 1760 by Reverend James Maury near Gordonsville, Virginia, where he studied history, science, and the classics while boarding with Maury's family.

Philip Pendleton Barbour

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The commemorative marker at the site lists prominent Americans as guests at the tavern: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James & Philip Pendleton Barbour, James Waddel, William Wirt and Henry Clay.
Born in Gordonsville, Virginia, Barbour established a legal career in Gordonsville after studying at the College of William & Mary.

James Barbour

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The commemorative marker at the site lists prominent Americans as guests at the tavern: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James & Philip Pendleton Barbour, James Waddel, William Wirt and Henry Clay.
Nonetheless, James finished his formal education with private tutors and an academy run by James Waddel at Gordonsville, Virginia.

Orange and Alexandria Railroad

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In 1854, the Orange & Alexandria Railroad completed its line into Gordonsville, connecting the area with northern portion of Virginia.
It extended from Alexandria to Gordonsville, with another section from Charlottesville to Lynchburg.

Exchange Hotel (Gordonsville, Virginia)

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Richard F. Omohundro, who owned the land at the time, rebuilt what is now known as the Exchange Hotel. The Gordonsville Historic District, Black Meadow, Exchange Hotel, and Rocklands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville, Virginia, was built in 1860 for Richard F. Omohundro next to an important railroad junction, when the Exchange Hotel offered a welcome stopping place for weary passengers on the Virginia Central Railroad.

Orange, Virginia

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It sat at the intersection of two highways: "The Fredericksburgh Great Road," a stage route from Charlottesville, through Orange, to Fredericksburg; and "The Richmond Road," which led from the Virginia capital, through Louisa, west over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenandoah Valley.
US 15 extends north and south, connecting Orange to Culpeper to the north and Gordonsville to the south.

Rocklands (Gordonsville, Virginia)

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The Gordonsville Historic District, Black Meadow, Exchange Hotel, and Rocklands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Rocklands is a historic home and farm complex located near Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia.

Gordonsville Historic District

The Gordonsville Historic District, Black Meadow, Exchange Hotel, and Rocklands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gordonsville Historic District is a national historic district located at Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia.

Black Meadow

The Gordonsville Historic District, Black Meadow, Exchange Hotel, and Rocklands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Black Meadow (now known as "Wolftrap Farm") is a historic plantation house and farm complex located near Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia.

James Waddel

The commemorative marker at the site lists prominent Americans as guests at the tavern: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James & Philip Pendleton Barbour, James Waddel, William Wirt and Henry Clay.
Waddel died at "Hopewell", his Louisa County estate near Gordonsville, Virginia, on September 17, 1805, survived by his wife Mary and seven children.

U.S. Route 33 in Virginia

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U.S. Route 15 and U.S. Route 33 are the main highways providing access to Gordonsville.
East of the Blue Ridge Mountains, US 33 connects the Piedmont communities of Stanardsville, Gordonsville, and Louisa.

Virginia State Route 231

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Virginia State Route 231 also serves Gordonsville, extending north towards Madison and south towards Charlottesville.
SR 231 forms part of the connection between Charlottesville and Gordonsville, where the highway meets US 15 and US 33.

James Longstreet

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During the war years, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Stonewall Jackson, Richard S. Ewell and A. P. Hill spent time in Gordonsville.
Once the weather warmed, Longstreet's men marched north and returned to the Army of Northern Virginia at Gordonsville.

U.S. Route 15 in Virginia

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U.S. Route 15 and U.S. Route 33 are the main highways providing access to Gordonsville.
The U.S. Highway meets US 33 (Spotswood Trail) just south of Gordonsville.

Charlie Waller (American musician)

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On August 18, 2004 Charlie Waller suffered a massive heart attack at his Gordonsville, Virginia home.

U.S. state

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Gordonsville is a town in Orange County in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Virginia

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Gordonsville is a town in Orange County in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Virginia State Route 231 also serves Gordonsville, extending north towards Madison and south towards Charlottesville. Located about 19 miles northeast of Charlottesville and 65 miles northwest of Richmond, the population was 1,496 at the 2010 census.

Richmond, Virginia

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Located about 19 miles northeast of Charlottesville and 65 miles northwest of Richmond, the population was 1,496 at the 2010 census.

American Civil War

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It was strategically important during the Civil War, due to its location on the Virginia Central Railroad.

James Madison

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In 1787, Nathaniel Gordon purchased 1,350 acres (5.46 square km) of land, then known as "Newville," from a cousin of President James Madison.

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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It sat at the intersection of two highways: "The Fredericksburgh Great Road," a stage route from Charlottesville, through Orange, to Fredericksburg; and "The Richmond Road," which led from the Virginia capital, through Louisa, west over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenandoah Valley.