Formed in 1734, Orange County was named after William IV, Prince of Orange. Orange County was also the birthplace of our twelfth president, Zachary Taylor, who was born in 1784 at Montebello, near Barboursville.
The Orange County Historical Society contains a research and archival collection of more than 2000 books, periodicals and maps, plus general research and genealogical materials
Barboursville Ruins Distance from Orange: 10 miles, Route 20 South
A registered Virginia Historic Landmark, was the home of Governor James Barbour. The brick mansion was designed by Thomas Jefferson and built between 1814 and 1822; it was destroyed by fire on Christmas day in 1884. Located on the grounds of the Barboursville Winery, it serves as an exceptional background for the Four County Players' presentations of "Shakespeare at the Ruins" on August weekends.