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The James Madison Museum.

James Madison Museum

Field review by the editors.

Orange, Virginia

Not a lot of "Madisonia" has survived from James Madison -- President #4 -- to stock this museum; First Lady Dolley Madison had to sell most of it to pay off James's debts. This museum compensates by filling out its exhibit space with relics from Zachary Taylor -- President #14 -- who was James Madison's second cousin.

The James Madison Museum.

There are a few Madison items, including a smaller version of the head of the big James Madison statue at the Library of Congress; some books from his library; one of Dolley's shawls and an example of her knitting; and Madison's special chair to make siting more comfortable with his rheumatism (It's displayed with a nearly identical Zachary Taylor chair). Madison lived to be 85.

Also here is a cardboard silhouette of the diminutive James Madison -- America's shortest Chief Executive -- a feel-good display that shows most tourists that they are at least tall enough to be President.

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James Madison Museum

Address:
129 Caroline St., Orange, VA
Directions:
Downtown, on the east side of VA-20/Caroline St., just south of its intersection with W. Main St.
Hours:
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
540-672-1776
Admission:
Adults $10.
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