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Orange County History
The county was previously inhabited by the Siouan Manahoac tribe. The first white settlement was Germanna, which became Orange County. Orange County is named for Prince William III of Orange who was a protestant King of Great Britain and Ireland. The family name of William of Orange was from the dynasty's ancestral origins as feudal lords of the French town of Orange.
Montpelier, President James Madison's home, as well as Barboursville, US Senator James Barbour's ruined home, are located in the county. President Zachary Taylor was also born in Orange County.
The Battle of the Wilderness took place in Orange County, during the Civil War, in May 1864.
Gordonsville - Orange
Barboursville - Locust Grove
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