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Health Benefits of Waterfront Living in Virginia

Living near water is something many people around the US dream of. Speaking of dreams and future objectives, living in one of the most beautiful US states – Virginia – is a thought many people go to bed with. Today, we’ve decided to put the two fantasies together. In other words, we’ll introduce you to all the health benefits of waterfront living in Virginia. Not only does it sound incredible, but it also comes with many health advantages. Therefore, stay tuned for some helpful info and tips!

#1 Waterfront living enhances the quality of your sleep

Needless to say, a good night’s sleep is a crucial element of your well-being. Research study results have proved that people who live near water enjoy a more restful sleep. Also, the same studies have shown that the same group faces less stress daily. Your body needs to rest, and there isn’t a better place to recover from a long working day than nested inside a peaceful environment. Get rid of stress, and maximize your joy. Most of the time, waterfront living in Virginia is synonymous with the lack of noise pollution we’re pretty used to enduring in the cities. You won’t have trouble falling asleep once you move to some of the state’s jaw-droppingly-attractive waterfront neighborhoods.

A cat sleeping under bed covers.
Living near water enhances the quality of sleep.

#2 Waterfront living enables you to enjoy water-related activities anytime you want

Being right there, near a larger body of water, will enable you to enjoy all your favorite water-related activities. And, if you own a boat, even better! Living close to the water will probably mean you have your own dock, too. As a boat owner, you’ll always want to opt for a property that offers this advantage. You don’t want to worry about driving to the spot where you’ve pared your boat or finding the ideal storage place. Also, docks aren’t only functional as parking spaces. You can use your dock as a diving board, a fishing spot, or simply a place where you sit down, crack open a cold beverage and enjoy the scenery. Who knows, you might even come up with a philosophical school of your own while water-gazing.

#3 Living near water is healthy even if you’re a city dweller

We’re pretty sure you understand this article doesn’t only cover non-urban waterfront properties. Virginia’s got some fantastic cities located near or directly placed upon a solid body of water. Just take Richmond or Alexandria as examples. A German research study has found that living near water is excellent for urban dwellers, too. We’re talking ponds, pools, and even – water fountains! Therefore, buying a waterfront property in Virginia will help you overcome some of the disadvantages city life offers to its “practitioners”. As mentioned above, you’ll enjoy less stress and better sleeping conditions. Lastly, if you’re a recovering addict, living near water will help ease the process, as professionals at Harmony Ridge Recovery Center point out.

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Waterfront living improves the overall quality of life, even if you’re a city dweller.

#4 Enjoy better air quality with waterfront living in Virginia

Air quality tends to be better near water. Also, some people are more prone to sit, relax and unwind a little near water. In other words, they tend to breathe deeper and smoother. So air quality is crucial in such moments. Not to mention all the vegetation and plants usually found near water. Those are your natural air filters. You won’t need to buy expensive air cleaners for your waterfront property in Virginia.

#5 Fewer nosy neighbors (for non-urban waterfront dwellers)

One can’t say this is a direct health benefit, but you’ll agree it has something to do with how we perceive our surroundings, thus affecting our everyday well-being. For example, let’s say you’ve bought yourself a scenic Virginia lake home. You might notice that the next home is not so close. In other words, you’ll soon find out that you will have to deal with fewer nosy neighbors. 

Lake homes tend to be further apart, thus allowing their owners more privacy than they’d enjoy in a more traditional suburban neighborhood. A lake home will help you deal with all the troubles city life plagues us with. This much-needed intimacy can be a savior for all those struggling with something or trying to get back on their feet. For example, this serenity is perfect for recovering addicts who want to get long-term help. There are many long-term addiction treatments in West Virginia, but recovery doesn’t stop there. A little bit of peace and quiet that your waterfront property can bring will work wonders for mental health. 

#6 Let’s consider the sound of water

We’ve implied this in the previous paragraphs, but it’s nevertheless crucial that we emphasize the calming properties of the sound of water. Did you know that the sound of running water, rushing and trickling, or waves smoothly hitting the shoreline possess fantastic calming and emotionally healing properties? Once you add that sound to the waterfront breeze, you get a match made in heaven, as they say. There isn’t a more comprehensive calm, as many people that own a waterfront property like to point out.

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The sound of running water has a soothing effect on the human mind.

#7 Living near water will inspire you to enjoy other fun (outdoor) activities

Of course, it’s not like simply sitting down in a cool shade with a good book by a body of water isn’t enough. However, enjoying a waterfront property in Virginia will allow you to immerse yourself in other fun activities. We’re talking about all the great outdoor efforts one can partake in: hiking, camping, wildlife watching, etc. Nature is a remedy, don’t trust anyone who tells you the opposite. 

Closing thoughts on the subject

These were some of the many health benefits of waterfront living in Virginia. Now you’ve seen all the advantages of buying a (vacation) waterfront property in one of the most scenic US states. If you were hesitant before, we’re pretty sure you don’t have any doubts about whether such a decision is a good one!

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Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

237 Washington St, Lake of the Woods, Virginia 22508

237 Washington St, Lake of the Woods Virginia 22508 UNDER CONTRACT by Licata Group EXP Realty!

Home in amenity-filled Lake of the Woods! Come out to tour this sizable home ready for its new owner. The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is 2402 square feet of one-level living. It offers a 2-car garage and a 15 x 11 screened porch off the sunroom and a shed in the back. Entering the home to the left, you have the formal dining room featuring hardwood floors, chair railing, and crown molding which will lead you into the kitchen. To the right of entering the home, sits a study with hardwood floors, a built-in bookcase, and sconces for more relaxed lighting. Straight ahead just a short distance is a massive living room featuring skylights and a gas fireplace that opens to the kitchen and the sunroom sitting just past it. The expansive kitchen is perfect for entertaining a larger group. The recessed lights give way to just enough light to your workspace with plenty of counter space and a substantial amount of storage with its cabinets and a large pantry. Basking in the sunroom where you can feel an abundance of natural light and warmth from the wide-reaching windows and the 2 sliding doors on either side will be sure to relax you while reading a book and sipping your favorite beverage. The Primary bedroom is fit for royalty. Sitting to the right of the living room, it offers a substantial amount of space for a sitting area or holding larger-sized furniture leaving plenty of room for moving around. It has a sizable walk-in closet and two separate large closets. The french doors lead you to the screened porch where you can step outside to become one with nature. The primary bath has double single sinks that sit on either side of the jetted tub and a standup shower ready for you to wash the day away. To the left of the living room and away from the primary for privacy sit 2 guest bedrooms with a sufficient amount of space and include walk-in closets and a full guest bathroom for them to share. This tastefully appointed, and well-built home is ready for you to move in!

A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550-acre main lake and a 35-acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire, and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, water skiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteer your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $200,000+ to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience what’s to love in Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Licata Group Shred Day Returns Saturday, April, 22nd 2023, Earth Day!

The Licata Group will be hosting a Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 22nd, from 11 AM – 2PM! Just in time for the end of tax season, so salsa on over and safely and securely shred your documents! The Shred trucks will be located within the Food Lion parking lot across from the Lake of the Woods front gate, near our office at 36111 Goodwin Drive (between AT&T and CVS). Donations are encouraged but not required, and all proceeds will benefit Lake of the Woods Fire and Rescue. We love being a resource to our community, so come and shred to your heart’s content! Can you make it? Let us know here!

Bring your appetite, too! The fabulous Taco Tuesday Food Truck will be there selling a delicious variety of Mexican fare and Kona Ice will be there selling shaved ice with 20% of proceeds going to LOW Fire and Rescue. Let’s support our community!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia, or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

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Family Date Night at the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse!

Date night doesn’t have to be just for couples.  How about a date night for the whole family? The Lake of the Woods Pools and Community Activities Committee is hosting Family Date Night at the Clubhouse Saturday, February 18th, 2023 from 6 pm – 9 pm. Reservations are required for this event, so click here to reserve your spot now! The cost per adult is $15.95, children under 10 is $10.95, and children under 3 eat free. The menu consists of a starter salad and garlic bread sticks; followed by entree options of penne or bow tie pasta with your choice of marinara sauce and meatballs, or alfredo sauce with chicken, porcini mushroom ravioli in a sherry cream sauce with a side of seasonal vegetable medley, and cookies and brownies for dessert. So come hungry and ready to grace each other’s presence with a bountiful of laughter.  

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Snowball Fight Melee at FredNats Stadium

Calling all kids! Are you bummed because you haven’t seen or felt the snow yet this year? Well, you still can! Stop by the FredNat Stadium and be part of the snowball games on February 18, 2023, at 3 pm. The cost to join is $3 per person or $5 for two. You must pre-register at fxbgparks.com. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  So sign up and enjoy a  round of snowball games. From snowball fights, snowball chin races, and snowball cup tower knockdowns, there will be plenty of fun for all. 

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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December 2022 Lake of the Woods, Virginia Monthly Market Stats

In December, 11 homes were SOLD in Lake of the Woods.

0 sold below $250,000.00
4 sold between $250,000-299,999;
0 sold between $300,000-349,999;
3 sold between $350,000-399,999;
2 sold between $400,000-499,999;
2 sold between $500,000-$999,999;

46 Active/Coming Soon Listings for Sale
14 Homes Under Contract
1 Home Sold since January 1, 2023.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Yellow fireworks and a bottle of champagne at one of the best New Year's Eve events in Orange County VA

Best New Year’s Eve Events in Orange County, VA

As the end of the year approaches, many people start thinking about how they want to celebrate New Year’s Eve. From elaborate parties to intimate gatherings, there are plenty of events to choose from and Orange County, VA, is no exception. We’ll highlight some of the best New Year’s Eve events in Orange County, VA, so you can find the perfect way to ring in the new year. Whether you’re looking for a night of dancing and champagne or a quiet evening spent with loved ones, there’s an event for everyone. So, grab your party hat and get ready to celebrate – it’s time to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with open arms!

Amazing New Year’s Eve events in Orange County, VA

Are you ready to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one with a bang? If so, you’ll want to check out this roundup of the top New Year’s Eve events in Orange County, VA. From glitzy parties to intimate gatherings, there’s something for everyone on this list. So, start planning your celebration now and get ready to ring in the new year in style!

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Do a little research, and you’ll see plenty of great New Year’s Eve events in Orange County, VA, to choose from.

#1 Orange County Tacky Lights Tour

Orange County is hosting its sixth annual self-guided Tacky Light Tour on New Year’s Eve from 7 pm to 9 pm, but it’s active since December 12th. You can download a free brochure which includes a map of all the participating houses and a list of the must-see displays. From houses covered in thousands of twinkling lights to lawns filled with inflatable Santas and snowmen, the Orange County Tacky Lights Tour is a festive way to ring in the new year.

And since it’s self-guided, you can go at your own pace and spend as much time as you’d like at each stop. So, bundle up, grab some friends or family, and get ready to celebrate the new year with a fun and memorable Tacky Light Tour in Orange County, VA. It’s a great way to explore the area, especially if you just moved in.

#2 New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Masquerade

Welcome the new year with a captivating evening at The Arts Center, Orange! Beginning at 9 pm, the venue will be transformed into the Goblin King’s castle from the 1986 film Labyrinth, complete with sculptures and set pieces created by local young artists and artisans. Admission includes delectable refreshments, engaging art activities, delightful company, and a celebratory prosecco toast at midnight.

Wearing costumes inspired by the film is highly encouraged, and it is recommended to register in advance. The best part is that this event is suitable for all ages. Dress to impress for this special holiday celebration and ring in the new year in style! And if you’d like, bring your youngsters, too.

#3 New Year’s Eve celebration at Dairy Market, Charlottesville

Gather your loved ones and head over to the Dairy Market, Charlottesville, for an exciting New Year’s Eve celebration! From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, DJ will be spinning festive tunes, and at 7:00 pm, there will be a massive balloon drop with 1,000 balloons. In addition to the music, there will be festive hats, tiaras, crafts, and other fun giveaways.

An electric cover band will take the stage from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm to rock the rest of the night. The Dairy Market will be serving up delicious food and drinks, so come hungry and ready to ring in the new year with great company and good cheer. This event is free to attend; however, you need to pre-register.

#4 New Year’s Eve Black & Gold Gala, Fredericksburg

Get ready to ring in the new year in style at the New Year’s Eve Black & Gold Gala at Venue and Event Hall in Fredericksburg! This chic and elegant event is not to be missed. Please note that this event is for registered attendees only.

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If you’re up for some drinking and dancing, there are plenty of fun New Year’s parties all over Orange County.

As you arrive, the sounds of DJ on the 1’s and 2’s will greet you, setting the mood for a night of dancing and celebration. And as the night goes on, you’ll have access to the buffet bar, stocked with a variety of delicious eats, to keep you fueled up for the festivities. But the fun doesn’t stop there – at midnight, you’ll join in a complimentary champagne toast, with a bottle provided for each table.

#5 Sometimes, the best events are private

At the end of the day, if none of the options work for you, you can always opt for staying at home. It could be just you and your loved one having a romantic evening, or you can even consider throwing a New Year’s Eve party and inviting your friends. It’s a great way to say goodbye to 2022 with everyone you love and care about the most.

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Sometimes, the best events are not the most extravagant ones but the ones you get to spend with people you care about the most.

However, if you do choose to throw a New Year’s bash, we highly recommend you first prepare your apartment. By this, we don’t only mean the decorations and other fun activities. Instead, make sure to remove any valuable or fragile items that could easily get damaged or broken. Or, if you live in a small space, you might want to consider moving some furniture around to create more room for your guests. You can always take advice from the team from mod-movers.com and rent a storage unit to safely keep your things until the party’s over.

Wrapping up!

As the clock ticks down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to all the future holds. No matter how you choose to celebrate this special occasion, the important thing is to be with the people you love and make memories that will last a lifetime. So, whether you attend one of the extravagant New Year’s Eve events in Orange County, VA, featured in this article, or create your own celebration at home, make the most of this special evening and ring in the new year with style. We wish you a Happy New Year!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.


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122 columbus cove, stafford virginia 22554

122 Columbus Cove, Stafford Virginia 22554 UNDER CONTRACT! by Licata Group EXP Realty LLC!!

Come home to this pristine 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home in the first section of the gated community of Aquia Harbour. This is no cookie-cutter home. The unique 4-level home is sure to impress. The primary bedroom sits by itself on the 4th floor for complete privacy from kids or guests. The 3rd floor has 4 bedrooms waiting to be filled and a full bathroom. The main level consists of a living room, a large family room with a fireplace, a dining room, and a stunning kitchen suitable for any chef. The basement has a large rec room, a potential 6th bedroom (NTC), a full bathroom, and plenty of space to add a small kitchenette. The all-season room will be great all year round for relaxing in a well-created oasis. It also has a large deck off the family room, perfect for summertime grilling. The home sits on a little over, a half-acre lot with plenty of room for kids and pets to play. Aquia Harbour is located approximately 45 miles south of Washington DC, 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, and 70 miles north of Richmond. The historic Aquia Creek runs through the community providing a year-round navigable waterway leading to the Potomac River and onto the Chesapeake Bay.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

LOW Players Club Accepting Auditions for Upcoming Play: Into the Woods!

A rare modern classic brings everyone’s favorite storybook characters together in this timeless, and still relevant piece by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. We’ll get to witness the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wants to attend a ball; and Jack with a cow whom he wishes would produce milk. A journey ensues when the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child due to a Witch’s curse and features our storybook favorites, including Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and a Giant. When wishes become granted, the consequences of their actions haunt them with tragic results. Into the Woods, one of Sondheim’s most popular works, is a musically sophisticated show, so don’t miss this musical performance! If you are interested in participating in this show, auditions are being accepted. Download and complete the audition form here. The form includes show details, rehearsal dates, audio track links, and audition requirements. Rehearsals begin as soon as February 12, 2023. Auditions are held Sunday, January 29th, 2023 from 7p – 9pm at MFA Studios & Fitness, 3rd floor. (4444 Germanna Hwy, Locust Grove VA 22508) and Monday, January 30th, 2023 from 7pm – 9pm at the Lake of the Woods Community Center (110 Sweetbriar Park Rd, Locust Grove VA 22508). *Please note Lake of the Woods is a gated community. If you live outside LOW, contact Dave at david_schubert@comcast.net to let them know you are planning to attend auditions. They will put your name on the guest list at the guard gate and you may be asked for ID to enter.

Performances for this show are scheduled for: May 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th, 2023 at 7pm, as well as May 7th, 13th, and 14th at 2pm.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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History Lover’s Guide to Orange County, VA

”Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” Santayana once said. And he was right. It’s important to think about this sentence now more than ever. Orange County is (if we have the liberty to say it) perhaps one of the capitols of history in America. There is a lot to see and even more to learn. Are you wondering where to start? Check out some of the places from this history lover’s guide to Orange County, VA. 

Start at the Orange Train Station

The train in literature often symbolizes an important journey. Therefore, the Orange Train Station can be a perfect place to start your journey to getting more profound knowledge about American history hidden in this beautiful part of Virginia. Trains changed the face of business in the United States in the early twentieth century. Having been constructed in 1910, the Orange Train Station played a crucial role in the county’s continued existence and development.

Although the Colonial Revival-style structure is no longer used for passenger transportation, it is nevertheless worth a visit since it houses the Orange County Visitors Center. The Visitor Center is open all seven days of the week. It’s kind of a crossroads for all the visitors. So, buying a vacation home near it can be a great investment.

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Make sure to hop on the train of knowledge with this history lover’s guide to Orange County!

Visit Wilderness Battlefield

The sad cost of the Civil War is memorialized in the Wilderness Battlefield, located in the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Guests have the option of:

  • Vehicle excursions
  • Self-guided hikes
  • Visits to historic battlegrounds

To an inexperienced eye, it may seem like an ordinary field in the village. But it’s so much more. Every rock and a little piece of grass hides great sorrow but also lessons for the generations to come. Make sure to listen to the old trees’ whispers and spread the word of wisdom to be cherished in the future. 

Ellwood Manor is an important part of it

Ellwood Manor, which stands tall on the Wilderness Battlefield, was the command center for the Union’s right wing. There is a walking route and displays that will appeal to visitors of all ages at this historic property. Follow Route 20 to the Ellwood Manor entrance and soak in all it has to offer.

Exchange Hotel Museum was a place of hope

This structure, which opened in 1860 as a hotel, later served as a hospital for more than 70,000 service members from both the Union and the Confederate forces. This is the only surviving hospital from the Civil War era in Virginia. At the moment, you can visit it only on selected Saturdays during the month. But, seeing it and experiencing the place of life-saving and hope is definitely worth the extra effort.

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Once a hotel, it became a place of hope and salvation for many during the Civil War.

The Germanna Fort Visitor Center will take your breath away

The Germanna Fort Visitor Center, library, museum, and memorial garden were built to commemorate the arrival of the first German settlers to Virginia in 1714. Also, you can take advantage of the 170 acres of woodland behind the school and the Rapidan River access by visiting the Siegen Forest paths.

You may fall in love with it

Many people fall in love with this region because of it and decide to move here. However, the whole process can be a bit overwhelming, and some choose not to pursue their dreams because of all the fuss. In order to make relocation less stressful and actually enjoy the process, it’s best to find reliable movers and let them handle all the heavy lifting. That way, you’ll be free to enjoy all the hidden gems near Germana Fort. 

James Madison’s Montpelier deserves its place in history lover’s guide to Orange County

Historic site commemorating the life and times of James Madison, a key figure in the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You may learn about the area’s history and have fun with your family on one of Montpelier’s guided tours, family activities, or hiking trails. Also, if you’re a DC commuter (and a history lover), this place can be quite a treat for you.

However, this big mansion holds the darker side of American history too. This residence offers a colorful insight into the period of slavery.  Even though it may not be pleasant to revisit our ancestors’ mistakes, it’s important to learn and experience first-hand the history of the rich and the poor. The history of men in power and the history of the powerless. As only knowledge is the power that will help us make a better future.

Barboursville ruins and vineyards 

Thomas Jefferson built this opulent palace for Governor James Barbour. Unfortunately, on Christmas Day 1884, a fire destroyed it. Ruins at Barboursville are preserved as a historical site and are visible amid the grapes. As seen from a distance, this site can be a perfect metaphor for both faces of American history – the richness and the poverty and the potential to grow. Even though this burnt mansion isn’t quite conventionally part of the holiday decorating contest, it can be even more worth visiting and being a part of it, even for a day.

An American flag.
Even though it’s in ruins, this place perfectly sums up the spirit of American history.

Final thoughts

Orange County in Virginia holds many treasures of American history. And we don’t mean the gold or the diamonds. The amount of knowledge circling between the walls of all the residences mentioned above is what is truly valuable. If you have the privilege to follow this history lover’s guide to Orange County, make sure to listen. Listen to all of these places while they’re telling you their story. Listen to the locals and ask them where to find more secret historical gems of this region. Soak in all the knowledge, as only knowledge is power. Take the opportunity to get mentally stronger so you’ll, one day, make the future worth fighting for.

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https://www.pexels.com/photo/ancient-books-and-an-olive-lamp-7200443/

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