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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, 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.
While information available at the Society's Research Center focuses on Orange County, one will also find some involving neighboring counties, such as Albemarle, Culpeper, Louisa, Madison and Greene, in part because several of those counties were once a part of Orange, the largest Virginia County ever created. (See the Map. OrangeCounty1734.pdf 236.6 KB ) There is also information on on early occupations of the Virginia Piedmont, the American Civil War, regional commerce and many other fields of interest.
In addition to the semi-annual newsletter, the Society pursues an active publications programs, involving books as well as pamphlets. (See theBooks Page.) 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). The January meeting is the Society's Annual meeting and is held on the Sunday closest to January 21st (the anniversary of the first court held in Orange County) and the "May" meeting is held on the first Monday in June to avoid the Memorial Day holiday. The June, July, and August meetings are usually scheduled as picnics at local historic sites. Members also receive special rates on book sales, copying fees, etc. To become a member please check our dues schedule below.
Please Note: The Research Center staff can provide basic collections information, such as whether we have a certain file or book, at no cost. However, because of the pressures of time, the staff cannot undertake extensive research projects. Founded in 1965, the Society is the outgrowth of the informal historical associations which had existed in Orange County at various times. We would be remiss if we did not note that the Society is a 501(c)(3) organization to which deductible (and greatly appreciated) charitable contributions may be made.
To join, click on this form, OCHS Membership Form.docx
print it, fill it out, and mail it and your check to:
The Orange County Historical Society, Inc.
130 Caroline Street
Orange, VA 22960-1533
© 2006 The Orange County Historical Society, Inc.
130 Caroline Street, Orange, Virginia 22960-1533, (540) 672-5366 and (540) 360-4977 for FAX
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Orange County Historical Society, Inc., we would be more than happy to have you. Members receive notice of our meetings, our semi-annual
newsletter, a 10% discount on our publications, discounts on copying services at our Research Center.
Dues for the calendar year, January 1 - December 31
|Annual Individual Membership:||$25.00|
|Annual Student Membership (High School or College):||$12.50|
|Annual Family Membership:||$35.00|
|Annual Sustaining Member:||$100.00|
|Annual Patron Member:||$200.00|
|Annual Sponsor Member:||$300.00|
Jayne E. Blair
Ruth M. Long
Richard R. Durphy Sr., Accountant
Ann L. Miller, Research Historian
Lynne Lewis - President - 2022
Paul W. Carter - Vice President - 2021
Hilarie M. Hicks - Secretary - 2022
Dick Durphy - Treasurer - 2022
Phil Audibert - 2020
Linda Carlton - 2020
Clara Colby - 2020
Len Cowherd - 2021
Ray Ezell 2021
Ruth M. Long - 2020
Mike Saxton - 2022
Bill Speiden - 2020
Frieda Willey - 2021
All Officers serve from February 1 through January 31