Welcome to Barboursville!
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Barboursville is one of the anchors of the
Historic District (National Register of Historic Places), which Virginia's
Department of Historic Resources
calls "one of Virginia's most intact cultural landscapes". In this area
lie some of Orange County's most popular tourist attractions,
Vineyards (site of the ruins of the Barbour mansion, designed by Thomas
Jefferson, home of Governor James Barbour), the Horton Winery and the Nichols Gallery. Barboursville is also home to
the Four County Players, central Virginia's longest running community theater. At the
other end of the district lies Montpelier, home of James Madison.
Barboursville is a small community, but it is the linchpin of
a historically, culturally and economically important region of Virginia.
The ruins of Governor
James Barbour's mansion recall the
long history of interconnection between Montpelier, Barboursville
and Monticello, home of President Thomas Jefferson. The Barbour mansion and nearby plantations like
Burlington and Campbellton still coexist with traditionally African-
American communties like Careytown, settled by former slaves freed
from these plantations after the Civil War. As the largest producer
of grapes in Virginia, Orange county is an important contributor to
the state's economy. Barboursville is home to the two largest
grape producers in the county, which collectively produce 1/6 of all
the grapes grown in Virginia.
Friends of Barboursville, Inc. (FOB) is a non-profit
corporation founded to educate the public about the importance of
Barboursville and to preserve this community as one of our state's
valuable historic and environmental treasures.