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Welcome to
Orange County,
Virginia

TOWNSHIPS
Incorporated:
Gordonsville
Orange
Unincorporated:
Barboursville
Locust Grove
CEMETERIES
Antioch
Bethel
Eheart
Emmanuel
Graham
James Madison
Kemper
Lewis
Maplewood
Mount Calvary
Mount Holy
Mount Horeb
Mount Lebenon
Mount Olive
Mount Pisgah
Mount Sinai
New Hope
North Pamunkey
Oakwood
Opequion
Orange Grove
Palmyra
Pilgrim
Rhoadeside
Salem
Shady Grove
Unionville
Watkins
West View
Willis
Woodbury
Zoar
LIBRARIES:
Gordonsville Branch Library
200 S. Main St.
Gordonsville, VA  22942
Orange County Public Libr
146 A Madison Road
Orange, Va  22960
Wilderness Branch Libr
6421 Flat Run Rd.
Locust Grove, VA  22508



Welcome to the Orange County, Virginia
This is a No Muss, No Fuss Website to make your
searches easy and quick.
I hope you find your visit pleasant and fruitful.

This is a very new county for me so please
bear with me as I get things uploaded.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting....

Sharon Wick
Owner and Sole Transcriber.

NOTE:  This will start slow but I will be adding to it
regularly.

 

Biographies

Census

Marriages - 1793-1795
PartiallyAdded 9/24/2006

Military
    Marriages - 1800-1846  
Orange County Government Orange County Historical Society

HISTORY OF ORANGE COUNTY, VA.

     The area was previously inhabited by the Siouan Manahoac tribe, the first white settlement in what was to become Orange County was Germanna. It was there in 1714 that Governor Alexander Spotswood settled 12 families from Westphalia, Germany—42 people in all. The legal entity of Orange County was established in 1734 from a portion of Spotsylvania County. However, unlike other counties which had terminated at the Blue Ridge, Orange at its creation was conceived of as extending all the way to the Mississippi River and Great Lakes - land claimed by Virginia, but very little of which had yet been occupied by any English. For this reason, some contend that Orange County was at one time the largest county that ever existed. This condition lasted only four years, when most of this tract was split off into Augusta County in 1738.

     Orange County is named for Prince William III of Orange, a famous Protestant King of Great Britain and Ireland, by Ulster-Scots settlers. The family name of William of Orange was derived from the dynasty's ancestral origins as feudal lords of the French town of Orange, which was named by the ancient Gauls in honour of a Celtic water deity.

     President James Madison's home, Montpelier, and Virginia governor and U.S. Senator James Barbour's ruined home, Barboursville, are located in the county. President Zachary Taylor was born here. During the Civil War, the Battle of the Wilderness took place in the County in May 1864.

County Seat: Orange
Year Organized: 1734
Square Miles: 342

 

 

ADJACENT COUNTIES
1 - Madison Co.
2 - Culpeper Co.
3 - Spotsylvania Co.
4 - Louisa Co.
5 -  Albemarle Co.
6 - Greene Co.

County Courthouse
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE
P. O. BOX 111
Orange, Va.  22960-0800
Phone: (540) 672-3313
Fax: (540) 672-1679

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