Orange County, Virginia

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Orange County is a county located in the Central Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.wikipedia
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Montpelier (Orange, Virginia)

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Orange County includes Montpelier, the 2700 acre estate of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States and often known as the "Father of the Constitution".
James Madison's Montpelier, located in Orange County, Virginia, was the plantation house of the Madison family, including fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and his wife Dolley.

Orange, Virginia

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Its county seat is Orange.
Orange is a town in, and county seat of, Orange County, Virginia, United States.

Gordonsville, Virginia

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

Augusta County, Virginia

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This situation lasted only four years; in 1738 most of the western tract was split off into Augusta County.
The county was created in 1738 from part of Orange County, and was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

James Madison

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Orange County includes Montpelier, the 2700 acre estate of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States and often known as the "Father of the Constitution".
In October 1775, he was commissioned as the colonel of the Orange County militia, serving as his father's second-in-command until his election as a delegate to the Fifth Virginia Convention, which was charged with producing Virginia's first constitution.

Virginia Central Railroad

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The Orange and Alexandria Railroad and Virginia Central Railroad helped foster a diversified agricultural economy in Orange County, bringing produce and timber to markets in Richmond, Washington D.C. and Norfolk as well as more industrial products.
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.

Culpeper Minutemen

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However, two companies of 50 men each were recruited from Orange County to the Culpeper Minutemen.
The Culpeper Minutemen were organized on July 17, 1775 in the district created by the Third Virginia Convention consisting of the counties of Orange, Fauquier and Culpeper.

Battle of Mine Run

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The 1863 Battle of Mine Run and the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness both occurred in eastern Orange County, as Union troops drove toward the Confederacy's capitaol.
The Battle of Mine Run, also known as Payne's Farm, or New Hope Church, or the Mine Run campaign (November 27 – December 2, 1863), was conducted in Orange County, Virginia, in the American Civil War.

Greene County, Virginia

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The final adjustment of the county's boundaries occurred in 1838, when Greene County was created from the western portion of Orange.
Greene County was established in 1838 from Orange County.

Spotsylvania County, Virginia

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Orange County, as a legal entity, was created in August 1734 when the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted An Act for Dividing Spotsylvania County.
It is bounded on the north by the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers, the independent city of Fredericksburg (all of which were part of the area's early history), and the counties of Stafford and Culpeper; on the south by the North Anna River and its impoundment, Lake Anna, and by the counties of Hanover and Louisa; on the west by Orange County and Culpeper County; and on the east by Caroline County.

Locust Grove, Orange County, Virginia

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Troops often crossed the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford near Locust Grove.
Locust Grove, named after the Black Locust trees common to the area, is an unincorporated community in eastern Orange County, Virginia, United States.

Culpeper County, Virginia

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Cavalry raids against the railroad supply lines occurred, including several at Rapidan on the border with Culpeper County.
Culpeper County was established in 1749, with territory partitioned from Orange County.

Rapidan, Virginia

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Cavalry raids against the railroad supply lines occurred, including several at Rapidan on the border with Culpeper County.
Rapidan is a small unincorporated community in the Virginia counties of Culpeper and Orange, approximately 5 miles (8 km) northeast of the Town of Orange.

Orange and Alexandria Railroad

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The Orange and Alexandria Railroad and Virginia Central Railroad helped foster a diversified agricultural economy in Orange County, bringing produce and timber to markets in Richmond, Washington D.C. and Norfolk as well as more industrial products.
Construction began in 1850 and was completed in April 1854, when it connected with the Virginia Central Railroad in Orange County.

Madison County, Virginia

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Virginia Governor James L. Kemper (1874-1878) moved from Madison County to near Orange as his term ended.

Monticello AVA

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The largest such district in the Commonwealth includes James Madison's Montpelier, James Barbour's Thomas Jefferson-designed Barboursville mansion (now in ruins), several plantations, portions of the Monticello Viticultural Area, as well as numerous individual sites listed on the National Register.
The Monticello AVA includes most of the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Orange, and Nelson.

James L. Kemper

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Virginia Governor James L. Kemper (1874-1878) moved from Madison County to near Orange as his term ended.
Honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on August 3, 1848, Kemper returned to practice law in Madison County, and neighboring Orange and Culpeper Counties.

Orange Commercial Historic District

The Gordonsville Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the Rapidan Historic District in 1987, and the Orange Commercial Historic District added to the NRHP in 1999.
Orange Commercial Historic District is a national historic district located at Orange, Orange County, Virginia.

Germanna

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The first European settlement in what was to become Orange County was Germanna, formed when Governor Alexander Spotswood settled 12 immigrant families from Westphalia, Germany, there in 1714; a total of 42 people.
The site of the first settlement is located in present-day Orange County along the banks of the Rapidan River, with subsequent settlements of Germans being established on sites in present-day Culpeper and Spotsylvania counties.

Madison–Barbour Rural Historic District

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In 1991, the Virginia Landmarks Register designated approximately 31200 acre in the county's western portion as the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District.
Madison–Barbour Rural Historic District is a national historic district located near Barboursville, Orange County, Virginia.

Gordonsville Historic District

The Gordonsville Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the Rapidan Historic District in 1987, and the Orange Commercial Historic District added to the NRHP in 1999.
Gordonsville Historic District is a national historic district located at Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia.

1948 United States presidential election in Virginia

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Republican presidential candidates have averaged 55% of the vote, and the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Orange County was Harry S. Truman in 1948.
It is also the last election when Chesterfield County, Hanover County, King William County, Lancaster County, Middlesex County, Orange County and Lynchburg City have supported a Democratic Presidential nominee.

Louisa County, Virginia

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This ties with Louisa County as the 11th fastest growing county in the commonwealth, and one of the fastest outside of Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia

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This ties with Louisa County as the 11th fastest growing county in the commonwealth, and one of the fastest outside of Northern Virginia.
King George County and Orange County also include areas, such as Lake of the Woods, where the cross-commuting interchange with the Washington Metropolitan Area is high enough to merit inclusion in the Metropolitan Area, although more far-flung parts of these counties still cause the county-wide commuter interchange to fall below the threshold for inclusion in the Washington Metropolitan Area or Washington-Baltimore Combined Statistical Area.