Thursday, August 26, 2004

The James Madison Museum

The James Madison Museum. Museum located in Orange, Virginia, dedicated to the memory of the fourth president and father of the Constitution. Includes a selection of essays and links.

From the site:

The James Madison Museum features exhibits on James and Dolley Madison, featuring one of the nation's most outstanding collections of Madisonia. The focal point of the Madison Room is Madison's favorite chair, a campeachy chair given him by his good friend, President Thomas Jefferson. Also on display are a number of personal items, papers and furnishings.

Thomas Jefferson called James Madison "the best farmer in the world" and to pay respect to Madison the farmer, the Museum's Hall of Transportation & Agriculture displays an interesting collection of antique farm tools. Also featured are a 1924 Model T Ford, and the Arjalon Price House, a 1733 "patent" or "cube" house. The "Price House" is only partially reconstructed so that visitors will be able to see the building practices of the day.

The Museum also features a small gift shop where items related to James Madison and Orange County may be purchased.

The Museum building was built in 1928 as an automobile dealership. The Powell Nash dealership opened that year and sold the Nash line of cars. Adjacent to and owned by the museum is former Hill Top Restaurant which was previously a gas station and later converted to a restaurant.

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