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Museums and Historic Sights

History buffs will revel in the abundance of Virginia museums and historic sites in close proximity to Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast. Montpelier, Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, Michie Tavern, and a number of Civil War battlefields are just a few of the places where history is preserved and waiting for you to discover in Orange County and the surrounding area.

Below is a list of historic sites, so you can begin planning your visit. As always, we will be happy to provide you with additional information and directions during your stay.


James Madison's Montpelier
(4 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Visit the newly restored home of the Father of the Constitution, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. See how curators are rediscovering the furnishings and interior décor of James and Dolley Madison. The Montpelier estate was formed in 1723 when Ambrose Madison, President James Madison's grandfather, and his brother-in-law, Thomas Chew, were deeded 4,675 acres in the newly opened Piedmont of Virginia. To receive final title, he had three years to clear the land and build a house. For more than 120 years - from 1723 until 1844 when Dolley Madison sold the property - the Madison's owned Montpelier. Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth president of the United States. It was here that he read, researched, and thought more deeply about our republican form of government than any other Founding Father. Telephone: (540) 672-2728


(30 Miles from Chestnut Hill)

Get an intimate look at the extraordinary house Thomas Jefferson built and furnished for himself and his family. See the books, gadgets, art, furnishings, and objects that reveal Jefferson's unique mind. The guided House Tour covers the rooms on Monticello's first floor and lasts about 30 minutes. (Because of fire codes, the upper floors are not a part of this tour.) Your admission ticket also includes access to the grounds and two optional outdoor guided tours of the Plantation Community and of the Gardens and Grounds, which are offered daily April-October. Telephone: (434) 984-9822


Ash Lawn-Highland
(32 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Ash Lawn-Highland is a historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and performing arts site in Albemarle County, Virginia. President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of New York, owned Ash Lawn-Highland from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. After the Monroe's' death, the name of their farm was changed from "Highland" to "Ash Lawn." Today both names are used. Telephone: (434) 293-8000


Michie Tavern
(30 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Michie Tavern has welcomed travelers for more than 200 years. Imagine arriving by horseback, on foot or by coach. The rooms would be thick with the scent of cooked venison and tobacco. Voices, some raised in heated political debate, would carry from room to room. As you cross the threshold of old Michie's Tavern you enter another time. Their costumed hostess welcomes you into the past as "Stranger," an early 18th-century term for a traveler. Telephone: (434) 977-1234


Orange County Historical Society
(2 City Blocks from Chestnut Hill Inn)

The Orange County Historical Society 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. Telephone: (540) 672-5366


The James Madison Museum
(2 City Blocks from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Discover the first museum to fully commemorate James Madison, fourth U.S. President and "Father of the Constitution." Located in Madison's home county of Orange, Virginia, the museum promotes awareness of rural culture along with Madison's contributions to both agrarian economies and American history. Telephone: (540) 672-1776


University of Virginia
(31 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Jefferson corresponded with scholars in America and Europe, seeking the best faculty to teach in the areas of philosophy, arts, foreign languages, science, law, and medicine. Construction and transatlantic travel delayed the date of opening, but in March 1825, the University of Virginia opened to serve its first 123 students. For Thomas Jefferson, learning was an integral part of life. The "academical village" is based on the assumption that the life of the mind is a pursuit for all participants in the University, that learning is a lifelong and shared process, and that interaction between scholars and students enlivens the pursuit of knowledge. Telephone: (434) 924-0311z


Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel

(9 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

Before the Civil War, the Exchange Hotel with its high ceiling parlors and grand verandawelcomed passengers from the two rail lines: the Virginia Central Railroad and the Alexandria Railroad. Soon war began. Troops, supplies, and wounded soldiers were transported on these railroads to Gordonsville. The Exchange Hotel became the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital which provided care for 70,000 soldiers, both Confederate and Union. In the reconstruction period, this hospital served the newly freed slaves as a Freedman's Bureau Hospital. As the United States healed and the railroads boomed, this graceful building returned to its role of hotel. Now fully restored, the hotel is a museum dedicated to the Civil War era. Telephone: (540) 832-2944


Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields Memorial
(26 Miles from Chestnut Hill Inn)

The Bloodiest Landscape in North America. Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania - more than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War's tragic cost, in all its forms. These places reveal the trials of a community and nation at war. Telephone: (540) 373-6122 (Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center)


Tourguide Ltd.

Come enjoy the scenic beauty and fascinating sites and stories of Virginia's Orange, Madison, Culpeper, and Spotsylvania counties. There have been people here since about 10,000 B.C., and they have put together a wide variety of tours to tell you about them and what they did. They work as "step-on" guides, meaning that when they present your tour, they travel with you, in whatever vehicle you have chosen to tour in, and in the company of whomever you have chosen to tour with. They price their tours without reference to how many will be in the group. Telephone: (540) 672-9414


Civil War Battlefields


Battlefield of Cedar Mountain

Battlefield of Mine Run

Battlefields of Wilderness and Spotsylvania

Battlefields of Kelly's Ford

Battlefields of Rappahannock Station

Journey Through Hallowed Ground


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