Montebello, Birthplace of President Zachary Taylor

Photo by Craig Swain
Photo by Craig Swain
Spotswood Trail and Old Montebello Drive
Gordonsville, VA 22942
Region Central Virginia
Locality Orange

The twelfth President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born at Montebello, a plantation, on November 24, 1784.

The Taylor family arrived at Montebello after selling their Hare Forest Plantation. Members of the family became sick during their travels toward Kentucky and stopped at Montebello to recover. While there, Zachary Taylor was born to Colonel Taylor and Sarah Dabney Taylor.

It is widely believed that Taylor was born in a secondary building at Montebello, perhaps a log cabin. A historic marker notes the location.

Last Updated: 1/24/2011 12:55 PM
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