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© 2021 The Orange County Historical Society, Inc.                                       130 Caroline Street, Orange, Virginia 22960-1533, (540) 672-5366


Location:  We are located at 130 Caroline Street in Orange, Virginia.



November 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021: Open to the public from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday, except holidays.

We will NOT be open on the third Sunday of the month until further notice.

The Orange County Historical Society, Inc. is a research, archival, and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County, Virginia, of its people, and the surrounding area.  The Society's reference library contains over 2,000 volumes, and there are over 1,300 files with information on families, historic buildings, events and sites, plus a map and photograph collection.

In addition to its newsletter, the Society publishes books and pamphlets.  Regular membership meetings include presentations on subjects of interest to the membership and are generally held on the last Monday of each month (excluding February and December).  Members also receive special rates on book sales, copying fees, etc. To become a member please go to the ABOUT US page on this site.

Our Shopping Cart is active!  You can purchase books and other publication from the Orange County Historical Society's website.  Just click on the BOOKS page and when you see something you would like more information about, click on the picture of the publication.  That will take you directly to our shopping cart service.



The Orange County Historical Society's Annual Meeting
will be held via Zoom, on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.  This will be a brief business meeting only.  The primary agenda items are:

  • President’s remarks
  • Treasurer's and committee reports
  • Board of Directors
    • Presentation of the slate of nominees
    • Invitation for nominees from the floor
    • Vote and announcement of results

If you are a member of the Historical Society and on our email list, you will receive a direct invitation to this meeting.  If you are a member and would like an invitation, please contact us at for the necessary information. The meeting must be limited to 100 participants, and if you cannot use the Zoom video function, you will be able join via telephone.

Unfortunately, in-person Programs will be cancelled until further notice.

They will be resumed when we can gather safely.

On a happier note, the Historical Society created a YouTube channel, called History-to-Go.  We now have six offerings, with the newest -- A Brief History of Orange County -- premiering the afternoon of January 24, 2021. Please see our History-to-Go tab above for the newest video programs and details. However, if you don't want to wait, here is the link to our channel (  

In accordance with our Governor, and in order to keep our guests and our staff safe, we ask our visitors to observe certain protocols, which apply to our staff as well.  In addition, we are applying a variety of sanitary procedures. Please see the COVID-19 tab for detailed information on our procedures and protocols.  We are observing the mandate for wearing masks and social distancing.  We also recommend making an appointment before coming.

While we continue to provide assistance to our members and visitors via telephone and e-mail, we have been receiving fewer in-person visits than usual.  In light of this, and in the interest of good economics, the Board of Directors voted to reduce our hours over the winter months.  Therefore, beginning November 1, 2020 thru February 28, 2021, we will be open only Tuesday-Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, except holidays.