Friday, February 5, 2016

Take some home today . . .

Orange, Virginia 

The town of Orange is most likely named for William IV, Prince of Orange, who lived from 1711 to 1751. William married Anne, the eldest daughter of King George II in 1734, the same year that Orange County was formed from Spotsylvania County.

Have a refreshing weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Short Street

Orange, Virginia 

In the fall of 1863, General Robert E Lee's army took up winter quarters in the hills around Orange, which was then known as Orange Court House. Supplies were critically low over that winter, but in the spring of 1864 General Longstreet arrived from Tennessee with reinforcements. At the end of April, General Lee began the march to intercept General Grant at Wilderness, and the final great campaign of the war began.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Around back

Orange, Virginia 

For the most part, the older and most interesting buildings in small towns served by the railroad is along the tracks. These buildings back up to the railroad in Orange.

After Culpeper county was formed out of part of Orange County in 1749, the county courthouse was moved to the town of Orange. President James Madison's estate, Montpelier, is located 4 miles from Orange.

Monday, February 1, 2016

A visit to the town of Orange

Orange, Virginia 

A couple of days before Christmas, I drove over to the town of Orange. It was a cold afternoon.

The Orange and Alexandria Railroad was established in 1854 to link Alexandria with central Virginia. The railroad was of strategic importance during the Civil War and the buildings surrounding the station comprise the earliest commercial structures in town. The tracks are now part of the Norfolk Southern system

Join me this week for a visit to the town of Orange and explore this historic district.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016