A Synopsis of Orange, Virginia

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The abuse law firm from Orange presents to you the following article about the Town of Orange. We encourage residents and visitors to learn about the history of the area and more.

All About Orange

Orange is a town in the county of Orange, Virginia. The county seat of Orange County, the area was once home to Siuan-speaking native people. It was 1749 –after the establishment of Culpere County from a portion of Orange County – when the Orange County courthouse was relocated to the town of Orange. The area only consisted of few houses, the courthouse and its related public buildings, a number of stores, and a tavern. By 1804, the first post office for the town, a new courthouse building, clerk's office, and jail had been built. Paul Verdier, who purchased the property of William Bell in 1799, divided the land into lots and subsequently helped shape the pattern of development for Orange. His home, Montpeliso, is still standing on the land.

Before the late 1800s, the Town of Orange was referred to as the Town of Orange Court House. It grew into a regional center, with the construction of downtown establishments such as:

  • The Sparks Building
  • The Holladay House
  • The St. Thomas Episcopal Church

In 1847, the courthouse was relocated again because the Orange and Alexandria Railroad would be running through the courthouse property on its way from Alexandria to Gordonsville. In 1859, the current courthouse was completed with an Italian Villa architectural style. It can be found on the corner of Madison Road and Main Street.

During the American Civil War, the town was a strategically important location. It was the headquarters for General Robert E. Lee. The St. Thomas Episcopal Church also transformed into a hospital to ade Confederates who were wounded in the Battle of Wilderness and the Battle of Chancellorsville. After the Civil War, the Orange Court House was officially incorporated as a town in 1872. In 1890, its name was changed to the Town of Orange.

Once the 1909 fire destroyed most of the eastern part of the town and railroad usage declined, the economy and population in Orange were stunted. However, it became a regional center for car sales and services because of its location at the junction of Caroline Street (U.S. Route 15) and Main Street (Virginia State Routes 20 and 615). In World War II, the American Silk Mills, Inc. company in Orange was awarded a presidential citation for producing parachutes for Allied troops. As of the 2010 census, the town has a population of 4,721.

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Holladay House

The Holladay House is a historically significant establishment in Orange. Formerly known as the Doctor Holladay House, it was named after the prominent Virginia physician Dr. Lewis Holladay. The house is one of the only antebellum structures that still exist in Orange. Built in the classic Federal architectural style, it served as a residence, mercantile store, doctor's office, a private schoolhouse and a Virginia bed and breakfast inn. One of the two oldest structures that still stand in town, it is a contributing building of the Orange Commercial Historic District.

Where To Eat

Once visitors have gone and explore the many historical structures and landmarks of Orange, hunger must be setting in. In the center of the Town of Orange, along North Madison Road, there are many local restaurants that feature a wide range of cuisines for you to choose from.
These eateries are Barbara's Soul Food On Wheels, My Avocado Mexican Grill With A Mediterranean Twist, La Naranja, The Light Well, Mario's Pizzeria, East of Maui Coffee Company, Silk Mill Grille, Provisions Market Table, and Iron Pipe Alewerks. For those who are just looking to grab a quick bite or more of a mainstream dining option, there is a KFC, Hardee's, and McDonald's.

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