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Orange County Historical Society meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the month (No meetings are held in February or December; the annual meeting is held on the 3rd Sunday in January and the "May" meeting is held the first Monday in June to avoid Memorial Day. Winter, Spring, and Fall meetings are usually held at our Research Center and are open to the general public. Summer picnic meetings are usually held at various historic sites around the county and are usually only open to members and their guests.
A Candle in a Candy Store
A Film Celebrating 100 years of Community Service by the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company
Shortly after midnight, just a few minutes into the New Year of 1916, a lantern or candle that had been left burning in a confectionary shop ignited a fire that eventually claimed most buildings on Main Street, Gordonsville, southeast of the railroad overpass. That disaster spawned the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company. Organized on April 1, 1916, GVFC is possibly the oldest rural volunteer fire department in the state. Since then, this all-volunteer service organization has responded to thousands of calls for help. It has also enjoyed the unerring support of the community that it serves. Documentarians Phil Audibert and Ross Hunter (AHHA Productions) interviewed six veteran fire fighters and pored over hundreds of photographs, clippings, and even vintage 8-millimeter film to tell the story of this remarkable community resource.
The meeting will be held at our Research Center at 130 Caroline Street and is free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7:00 p.m., with the program to follow at 7:30 p.m.