Orange County is located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Central Virginia region. It is between the headwaters of the York and Rappahannock Rivers and the Rapidan River and North Anna River bordering it on the south. The towns of Orange and Gordonsville are in the county.
Montpelier, home of President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, is located in Orange Couty. More than 85,000 visitors tour the home of the "Father of the U.S. Constitution," and its estate is the site of the popular steeplechase Montpelier Races. The Barboursville Ruins, the only building in Orange said to be designed by Thomas Jefferson, is another historic highlight. And 12 Civil War sites are located in the county, including the Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville.
Orange County is also the birthplace of President Zachary Taylor, our nation's twelfth president.
With its many rivers, fishing and water sports are popular pursuits. Skydive Orange attracts skydivers from northern Virginia.