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Mayhurst Inn

12460 Mayhurst Lane, Orange, Virginia 22960
Innkeeper(s): Jack & Pat North
  • Summary

    Southern Hospitality Discovers Luxury

    A stay at The Mayhurst Inn estate is an experience rich in the highest standard of “Southern Hospitality,” but far from “traditional.” It is pure luxury.

    In fact, the Mayhurst Inn encompasses a number of buildings: the immaculately restored 9200 sq ft Plantation Manor House built in 1859, the School House Cottage also built in 1859, the Summer Kitchen c.1820, the Smoke House, Gazebo, Magnolia Cottage, the Barn and several other outbuildings resting on 37 acres of hilly Orange, Virginia.

    In driving distance you’ll find six civil war battlefields, ten wineries, two museums, four golf courses and three Presidential Homes. The signature four-floor oval spiral staircase leads to eight unique guest suites. Each suite has an original Italian marble fireplace, period décor, antiques, High Speed WiFi, central air, heat, luxury linens, chocolates and private baths – select rooms have a double whirlpool.

    Jack and Pat North, owners since 2004, serve up a three-course plantation style breakfast every morning. Enjoy it in the fireside dining room, or on the large patio overlooking gardens and grounds that Generals Robert E. Lee, A.P. Hill, and “Stonewall” Jackson once leisurely strolled. There are numerous Vacation Packages for adventure or romance, and nearby recreation includes horse riding, ballooning, hiking, and more. Jack and Pat graciously coordinate it for you. From 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM every evening enjoy snacks, wine, cheese, and a southern sunset over the Virginia Piedmont, the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountain Chain.


  • Introduction

    Mayhurst Inn View From Balloon

    Mayhurst Welcomes you!

    We invite you to relax and enjoy the luxury, ambiance and romance of the past when life was slower and more gracious. This marvelously restored plantation home of 1859 is the perfect place to stay in Orange, Central Virginia.

    "Southern Charm at its best. Your hospitality, warmth and graciousness are both refreshing and comforting. We look forward to returning." A. & J. B.

    "Pat and Jack, you helped to make our dream wedding a reality. Thank you for all you did to make our wedding weekend so special and one to last a lifetime." Maria and Chris

    "Thank you both so much for your hospitality and southern charm. The Inn is exceptional and the experience as a whole was unforgettable." Matthew and Megan

    Mayhurst Inn Spiral StaircaseThe stunning 160 year old 9200 sq. ft. Manor House with its eight unique guest rooms and suites will enchant you and provide the ideal back drop for a perfect getaway or vacation. Situated on 37 acres of the rolling Virginia Piedmont, surrounded by manicured lawns, multiple gardens, old growth trees and fields, you will be transported away from today's day-to-day stress to a time and place where relaxation was a way of life. You will be pampered with luxury, fine Wines, exceptional service and sumptuous breakfasts while surrounded with romance and history. Your stay at Mayhurst can be as relaxed as you want or filled with adventure. Come enjoy some true Southern Hospitality.

    The Mayhurst Manor House is a magnificent and rare Italianate Victorian gem built in 1859. It is remarkable for its fanciful exuberant architecture and oval-spiral staircase ascending four floors. Mayhurst is filled with history and romance. When you stay at Mayhurst and tour the grounds you will be following in the footsteps of Generals Robert E. Lee, A. P. Hill and "Stonewall" Jackson who visited and enjoyed the beauty of Mayhurst. You can walk (and explore) where 18,000 Confederate troops pitched their tents during the winter of 1863-64. Read more about the unique history of Mayhurst at Points of History.

    Mayhurst is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is also one of the historic properties on the "Journey Through Hallowed Ground" - the Historical Route corridor of that runs from Gettysburg to Monticello.

    Mayhurst is now outstandingly restored with the best of the antebellum era and 21st century comforts: Our eight stately guest rooms all have private baths. There are soft robes and slippers and double whirlpool in selected rooms. Most rooms have original Italian marble fireplaces and all have luxury linens, antiques, period decor, Central Air and Heat and High Speed WiFi. Fine chocolates, bottled water, special soaps and shampoos and hand and body lotion.

    Mayhurst Inn Courtyard

    Snacks, soft drinks, wine and cheese are served each evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Three course full plantation style breakfasts are served on the large patio or in the dining room next to the fireplace. Snacks are always available in the library and in each of our three parlors. Mayhurst is also a Virginia Green Lodging B&B.

    To create the "ultimate" Mayhurst experience in any season, or to simply enhance your stay, we have created numerous Vacations and Romantic Packages including: Adventure, Romance, Golf, Civil War, Winery Tours, and Presidential Mansion Tours. No matter what the occasion is, we have an all inclusive and discounted package that can meet your needs. Let us do the planning and coordination so that you and your significant other can simply enjoy the ambiance and luxury and the exceptional combination of events we have put together for you.

    Read our reviews on Trip Advisor!

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  • Insider’s Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences.  Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers.  Many thanks to Jack North for sharing his  own secrets with!
    What sets your inn apart?

    Mayhurst Inn is a 160 year old Plantation Manor House that is on 36 acres of land that is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your vacation. Mayhurst is located within easy driving distance of 6 Civil War Battlefields, 15 Wineries and breweries, 2 Museums, 3 Presidential Homes (Montpelier, Monticello and Ashlawn) and 4 Golf Courses making this the ideal place to stay for any type of traveler.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We offer vacation packages that will make your stay unforgettable. Whether you want to relax, explore history, or be adventurous, we can plan it all for you! Our most popular packages include the Virginia Wine Country Package, Presidential Mansion Package, and the Civil War Package, click on the “Specials” tab to learn more.

    What is the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    People love the Southern Hospitality!

    What is a fun thing to do in the area (must do)?

    If from VA – visiting the wineries
    If out of state - 3 presidential mansions and civil war tours

    What other activities will you do in the area?

    Mayhurst Inn is located near Presidential Homes, Civil War attractions and antique shopping. Narrowing down what you decide to do will be the hard part! If you are from the area, then most likely you have already visited the historical attractions. Definitely take some time to visit some of Virginia’s most beautiful wineries or visit Washington, DC which is only 1 1/2 hours away.

    What is your favorite recipe?

    Most requested by guests: Pat’s Baked Apples and our Hot Buttered Rum

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Orange, VA is filled with great restaurants, we have listed over twenty of them here on this page. Just let us know what type of food you are looking for and we will point you in the right direction. However, if we had to narrow it down to our favorites our top four include:

    1. Vintage Restaurant
    2. Foti’s – Fine dining
    3. Rochambeau – authentic classic French dining
    4. Palladios - Restaurant at Barboursville Winery with 4 Course Wine PAiring Dinners
    What’s the season that you like the most at your inn? Why?

    Fall is best and busiest time of year to visit for many reasons…

    1. October is a popular month for Weddings.
    2. Fall Foliage
    3. Wine Festivals
    4. Steeple Chase (The Montpelier Hunt)
    Any good area guides that travelers could reference?

    Your best source for information are your Innkeepers.  The VA Tourism web site has a lot of great information:


  • Your Hosts, Jack & Pat North

    Mayhurst Inn innkeepers

    Jack and Pat purchased Mayhurst Inn in April 2004 and have continued the restoration completed by the previous owners, Bob and Peg Harmon. The Plantation School House has been completely restored and is now a luxurious guest cottage. They also continue the tradition of fine Southern Hospitality that Mayhurst is famous for.

    In his "previous life" Jack served as an officer in the US Army (Infantry). Following his retirement he was the Director of Federal Projects for a major Healthcare Corporation. He is an avid gardener, amateur cook, experienced parachutist and scuba diver, former baseball coach and umpire, and an enthusiastic historian who loves living in the history of Mayhurst and meeting new people.

    Pat's experiences include rearing three children and moving 15 times in 30 years. Simultaneously she worked as both a social worker and Alzheimer/Dementia specialist who both ran Alzheimer care facilities and provided training and counseling for the staff in over 40 homes. She is a fantastic cook and an experienced homemaker and decorator who loves meeting and talking with guests and taking care of their needs. She's the boss but isn't allowed to touch plants due to her black thumb.

    "Had a fantastic time! Pat and Jack are great hosts. Can't wait to get back next year."

  • The Wedding of Your Dreams

    Mayhurst Inn couple

    From beautiful outdoor settings to indoor elegance, Mayhurst Inn, an 1859 Plantation Manor House, is the perfect place to have your most important day. Situated in historic and scenic Orange County, Mayhurst is the premier location in Central Virginia for the event that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.

    The Mayhurst Manor House situated on 37 acres with manicured lawns, lovely gardens, dozens of huge trees, (many over 200 years old), boxwood hedges and a picturesque pond.

    Mayhurst and its grounds have hosted numerous weddings - from 10 to 300 guests. Locations abound for your Ceremony. From the elegant front porch, the main entry walk, to an arch through the boxwood hedge, under the 200 year old ash tree by our pond, or in the Main Parlor, your Ceremony will reflect your personal desires.

    Locations for your reception include the dining room, patio and multiple lawn areas adjacent to the Manor House that can seat up to 300 guests.

    Mayhurst Inn Weddings

    Regardless of where you select for the Ceremony and Reception, the natural beauty of Mayhurst will add to your special day.

    Your Mayhurst Wedding experience doesn't end here. Mayhurst Inn has 8 large, beautifully appointed guest rooms for the wedding party. The Bride and Groom can enjoy the luxury of the Italian Suite - complete with a bottle of Champagne, a two person Jacuzzi tub, queen size bed, fireplace, and a private balcony. You and your guests can start the next day with a full, three course elegant breakfast.

    We are committed to make your special day memorable. Please e-mail us or give us a call to make an appointment and discuss how we can help you make your event the "Wedding of Your Dreams."

    We provide our brides with a complete "recommended" vendor list that includes caterers, florists, photographers, wedding cake vendors, Ministers or Wedding Celebrants, musicians, and other services. We are happy to assist you with making arrangements.

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  • Handicap Accessible

    Mayhurst Inn Garden Room

    The Manoir House is Wheel Chair Accessible on the ground level from the convienent handicapped parking area, as are the Dining Room and courtyard for fair weather.  The Garden Room is on the same level as the Dining Room and is fully ADA compliant guest room and features a green slate bath with a no barrier roll-in shower. Three large window seats looking into the garden enhance the soft tones of yellow, green and blue in this most comfortable accommodation.

  • Kid Friendly

    Well behaved children of all ages are welcome at Mayhurst. Cribs are available upon request. Several rooms lend themselves to accommodating a rollaway or have a second bed already in place. They are: Garden, Madison, Italian Suite, and Piedmont Suite. The third person in a room is $25. There is no charge for children in cribs. Mayhurst is a remarkably quiet house with very thick walls and ceilings. Well behaved children will not disturb other guests. Children, under adult supervision, are invited to try their luck fishing in our pond and exploring Mayhurst's 37 acres.

  • Points of History

    Lee's Visits

    During the Civil War, in the winter of 1863-64, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was in the Orange area. General Lee camped on the east side of town with his 15,000 men. General Ambrose Powell Hill, commanding III Corps of Lee's Army, headquartered at the Willis home (now Mayhurst Inn). He commanded over 18,000 men from his tent on the front lawn. His wife, Kitty, was with him at Mayhurst that winter as a house guest of John and Lucy Willis. The winter encampment provided many opportunities for social occasions, which most assuredly included General Lee at the Willis home. One of A. P. Hill's daughters, Lucy Lee Hill, was born that winter. Her Godfather, General Lee, held her in his arms throughout the christening ceremony at Mayhurst on May 1, 1864. The christening scene has been recently recreated by renowned historical artist, Mort Kunstler, in a painting entitled "Tender is the Heart". A Giclee Print of the scene stands in the Mayhurst Parlor where the ceremony took place.

    Stonewall Jackson stays the Night

    Nearly two years earlier, General "Stonewall" Jackson's cavalry was in the Orange area fighting the Federal cavalry on Main Street on August 2, 1862. He remained in Orange for about a week. On August 6, the Willis household notices a man seated and resting on their gatepost. Someone is sent out to offer assistance. It is General "Stonewall" Jackson, who is invited to stay the night, he accepts. Two Jackson biographers, Robert Krick and James Robertson, Jr., confirm that he spent the night at the home of Mr Willis, three quarters of a mile south of town. Three days later while marching from Orange to Culpeper, General Jackson encounters General Pope and defeats him in the Battle of Cedar Mountain. The chance encounter is a scene of intense hand to hand fighting. At a critical stage of the battle, as Jackson is about to be outflanked, he charges in to rally his forces, waving the Confederate flag and his sword rusted into its scabbard. He is quoted as saying, "Jackson is with you! Your general will lead you! Follow me!" Jackson considered Cedar Mountain the most successful of his exploits.

    Scattered Confederates Gather Around Front Porch Of Mayhurst

    Here's a story that brings the war to the front door of Mayhurst. In Major D. Humphrey's book "Heroes and Spies of the Civil War" (Neal Publishing 1903), Capt. Magruder relates "the scene at Orange Court House (Aug.2, 1862) when General Jones took the Seventh and Twelfth down there from Gordonsville, having heard the Bluecoats were moving that way...They scattered one-third of our men in the rear, while those in front did not know what was the matter in the rear, and drove their lines out of the town...General Jones said afterwards, 'that half of his men charged and half discharged.' On the grounds about the residence of Colonel Willis, in the south side of town, on a hill, many of our scattered men gathered. Seeing which, General Jones ordered me to take a squad and bring the men down into town and reorganize them. He ordered the killing then and there of any man who failed to obey the order. As I approached the house about fifty men were standing in front of it. On the porch there stood a pretty and noble looking girl, Miss Willis, who was urging the men to go to their command and do their duty. As I come up, I heard her say, 'Oh, I wish I was a man!' when one fellow, who had been down in the fire, said, 'Yes, Miss, and if you was, you would wish you was a gal again mouty soon!' This brought down the house, and I brought down the men."

    The Willis Plantation

    Construction on the Mayhurst Manor House began in 1859, just two years before the Civil War. Undoubtedly it was the most fashionable home in Orange county at the time. The house was built in the latest style, Italianate. It is not known who designed the four story Italianate home. An educated guess is a Baltimore architect, Mr. Starkweather, who designed Camden on the northern neck. The similarities are remarkable; even to the marble mantles and the elaborate window and door trim.

    Colonel John Willis, great nephew of President James Madison, was 50 years old when he built the mansion for his family of 8 children. It would be his "full tide of prosperity", said his daughter. The Willis plantation raised corn, cattle, hogs and horses. Fifty enslaved African-Americans worked the fields, and tended to the needs of the Willises. The very fertile Davidson soil provided bountiful harvests and the plantation prospered.

    Unfortunately, Colonel Willis lost his home and at least 1700 of his 2500 acres in 1868. He had supported the Confederacy very generously and was unable to pay taxes. It was purchased by a Northern carpetbagger sent by the Federal government to administer the county. An original 110 year old copy of his obituary, found in the attic in 1996 and now hanging in the front hall, states "He bore the loss of his wealth with a philosophical fortitude that almost amounted to indifference, and no one can say that they ever heard a murmur escape his lips that having been rich he had become poor." He is buried at Montpelier.

    The Montpelier Connection

    Mayhurst is linked with Madison’s Montpelier in several ways.  Not only was John Willis a great nephew of President Madison, but, as the crow flies, the properties are only 2 miles apart and were contiguous.

    Additionally, James Madison's personal slave, Paul Jennings, was married to a slave (Fanny Gordon) owned by Mayhurst - then called the "Howard Place".  Paul Jennings and his wife had 5 children and, after Paul gained his freedom, three of the surviving sons and a daughter joined him in Washington, DC.  All three sons served in the Union Army fighting against the Confederacy – Poetic Justice


  • Dining

    Happy Garden

    (540) 672-1044. Great Oriental cuisine. Entrees from $10. On Main Street in Orange, 1 mile from Inn.

    Mario's Italian Restaurant

    (540) 672-3344. Operated by Italian family with an extensive menu. Well patronized by the locals. 1 mile north of Inn on Main Street in Orange.

    Silk Mill Grill

    (540) 672-4010. Sports Bar and restaurant serving dinner sandwiches, chicken, seafood and beef in former silk mill complex. 1 1/2 miles north on Rt. 15. Dinners $13-$28.

    Forked on Main

    (540) 672-0060. Gourmet American and European cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. Entrees $15-$30. Main Street, Orange, 1 Mile from Mayhurst. Deli style lunch Monday-Saturday. Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

    The Bavarian Chef

    (540) 948-6505. Fabulous German and American cuisine. Plentiful servings. Dinners from $15-$24. Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. 20 miles west to Rt. 29, South of Madison.

    It's About Thyme

    (540) 825-4264. Popular restaurant for European Country Cuisine, with the emphasis on fresh ingredients and herbs. Ala carte. Entrees: $15-$22. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 19 miles north on Rt. 15 to Culpeper.

    The Copper Fish

    (540) 825-4264. Fresh Fish and Shellfish cooked to perfection. Linked with It's About Thyme. Ala carte. Entrees: $15-$30+. Dinner Monday-Saturday. 19 miles north on Rt. 15 to Culpeper.


    (540) 829-9788. Northern Italian cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Entrees $12-24. Dinner and Lunch - Wednesday-Sunday 19 miles north on Rt. 15 to Culpeper.

    Palladios at Barboursville Winery

    (540) 832-7848. Excellent Northern Italian gourmet cuisine. Four course $65, with wine accompanying each course $90+. Lunch $28/$52. 14 miles from Inn. Dinner Friday & Saturday,

    Prospect Hill Inn

    (800) 277-0844. Historic inn serving excellent 5 course gourmet dinners at $50. 24 miles south of Mayhurst.

    Keswick Hall

    (434) 979-3440 19 miles south of Inn on Rt. 231. Gourmet meals from award wining la carte menu. $50-70.


    (540) 832-0130. A true French Restaurant with an award winning chef. Entrees $19 to $30. 9 miles from Mayhurst. Lunch and Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday. 115 S. Main Street, Gordonsville.

    Foti's Restaurant

    (540) 829-8400. Fine Food and Tradition Unleashed! Fantastic! Superior service and extensive menu. Owner came from Inn at Little Washington. Lunch: Wednesday-Saturday. Sunday Brunch 12:00 - 3:00 PM. Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday. Entrees: $18-$35. E. Davis Street, Culpeper. 19 Miles North on Rt. 15.

    The Lafayette Inn

    (434) 985-6345. Culinary Delight. Extensive American and Continental menu. Lunch daily, Dinner Weekends. Entries: $17-$30. Main Street, Standardsville. 28 Miles west on Rt 33.

    El Vaquero

    (540) 672-3800. Authentic Mexican food prepared perfectly. Extensive menu. Lunch and Dinner daily. Entrees: $8-$14. Rt. 15, Orange. 1.5 Miles North on Rt 15.

    The Inwood Restaurant

    (540) 832-3411. Great (huge) steaks, chops and Pecan Pie. Down home cook'en. Short on atmosphere - long on good food. Entries: $15-25. Gordonsville. 8 Miles South on Rt. 15.

    Barbeque Exchange

    (540) 832-0227. Awesome Barbeque - 3 different types. Daily 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Entrees: $4.00 - $13.00. Main Street, Gordonsville. 9 Miles South on Rt. 15.

    Real Foods

    (540) 661-7261. Fantastic Organic and Local Produce. Lunch Monday - Friday. 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. $4.00-7.00. 1 Mile North on Rt 15.

    Light Well

    Light Well, (540) 661-0004. Upscale bar food, great micro beer selection, neat atmosphere and occasionally live entertainment. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Sunday. Entrees: $12-$20. 1.5 miles. 110 East Main Street, Orange

    Vintage Restaurant

    (540) 317-1206. Eclectic menu and suburb service in a beautiful historic setting. Has both Restaurant and a Pub. Lunch and Dinner Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Entrees: $18-$40. 2 miles north on Rt. 15.

    Blue Ridge Cafe

    (434) 985-3633). An American grill with an international flair. Lunch and Dinner Daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Entrees: $8:00 - $20.00. 8315 Seminole Trail (Rt. 29), Ruckersville, VA 22968.

  • How to Find Us

    Mayhurst Inn Map

    Mayhurst is in Orange, Virginia. It's north-central Virginia location is convenient: 1 1/2 hours southwest of Washington, D.C., 30 minutes northeast of Charlottesville/University of Virginia, 1 to 1 1/2 hours northwest of Richmond, and 40 minutes east of Skyline Drive.

    Directions from Washington, D.C.

    From the west side and Dulles Airport, 1 1/2 hours driving time:

    1. Take I-66 West. (From Dulles take Rt. 28 south to I-66)
    2. Use Exit 43A at Gainesville onto Rt. 29. travel 38 miles
    3. At the third (3rd) Culpeper exit, "Route 15 Orange", travel south (left turn at end of ramp)
    4. Travel 18 miles on Rt. 15 to and through Orange to the south side
    5. Turn right into drive one block after median of divided highway begins
    6. There is a large white lighted sign

    From the central, south side and Reagan National Airport, 1 1/2 hours driving time:

    1. Take I-95 South to Fredericksburg, approx. 50 miles
    2. Exit #130B "Route 3" West
    3. Travel 15 miles to Wilderness Corner, turn left onto Rt. 20
    4. Travel 20.3 miles into Orange
    5. At the first stoplight, a T-intersection, turn left on Route 15
    6. Travel 7/10 mile to where divided highway median begins
    7. Turn right into our drive and travel 1/4 mile up hill to the Inn
    8. The Inn is not visible from Rt. 15

    From Richmond and South, 1 1/2 hours driving time:

    1. Take I-64 west to Exit 136 "Orange, Zion Crossroads Rt. 15"
    2. Travel 19 miles north, through the Gordonsville traffic circle and into the south side of Orange
    3. When center median of the divided highway ends, turn around safely
    4. You will now be traveling south
    5. Turn right into our drive one block after the median begins again
    6. Look for lighted white sign
    7. The Inn is not visible from Rt. 15

    From I-81 and West:

    1. Take I-64 east to Exit 136 "Orange, Zion Crossroads Rt. 15"
    2. Continue as above
    3. Or if you want the shorter and scenic horse farm route from I-64 west/Charlottesville area: Driving time is 25 mins
    4. Take I-64 east to Exit 124 "Rt 250, Shadwell"
    5. Travel East 2 miles on Rt. 250 to Rt. 22
    6. Take left onto Rt. 22 East at the "Y" intersection near the brow of the hill
    7. Travel 5.3 miles, bear to the left at "Y" onto Rt. 231 North and continue into Gordonsville
    8. From traffic circle in Gordonsville follow signs to Orange on Rt. 15 north
    9. When center median of the divided highway ends, turn around safely
    10. You will now be traveling south
    11. Turn right into our drive one block after the median begins again
    12. Look for the lighted white sign
    13. The Inn is not visible from Rt. 15
  • Mayhurst In The News

    National Geographic

    National Geographic conducted a Archaeological "Dig" at Mayhurst for two days in August, 2012 as part of filming a special for their TV program called "Diggers." The show, featuring Mayhurst, aired several times in 2013 on both the National Geographic and History Channels.In two days of digging they found 271 artifacts such as coins from 1865, Union and Confederate buttons and belt buckles, horseshoes and other items left by the 18,000 Confederate soldiers that were here from November, 1863 until May, 1864.

    Washingtonian Magazine

    February, 2008 "Kindling Romance" by Nancy Bauer Collier - Pages 111-112. A wonderful article about lodging in Maryland and Virginia that declares Mayhurst a "Victorian Beauty" and "warmed by ornate cornices, arched windows, and a carved cupola" and that provides a unique atmosphere for guests because Mayhurst has, "A dozen working fireplaces that still warm the parlors and guest rooms."

    PBS Television Production "Road Trip to History"

    PBS regularly airs a television program called "Road Trip to History," produced by Oaktree Productions. Mayhurst was one of the grand historic properties prominently featured in one of their presentations. In the program Jack recounts the fascinating and colorful history of what is now Mayhurst and why it was so important to the area and to the Confederacy. There are numerous exterior and interior shots. Copies of the DVD are available at Mayhurst and at the Orange County Visitors Center.

    Journey Through Hallowed Ground The Official Guide to Where America Happened:

    Written by renowned travel book author, David Edwin Lillard. Mayhurst, a National Registry of Historic Places Home and a Virginia Historic Landmark, is not only listed as a stopping point on the "Journey," but is also called out by Lillard as "an Italianate wonder of interior design." Take the Journey!

    Virginia Lifestyles Magazine

    Virginia Lifesyles Magazine has featured Mayhurst in several additions.

    • Christmas and Winter scenes of Mayhurst, with our 6 Ft tall Nutcrackers guarding the front door were highlighted.
    • The special Wedding Edition publication featured Mayhurst as one of the premier destination wedding sites in Virginia.
    • Mayhurst's "ghostly history" was featured in an article entitled "Haunted Places to Read About...& Visit" that recounted several of the ghost tales associated with Mayhurst. There are plenty of stories - but we've never seen or felt any ghosts....yet.

    Mort Kunstler Paints a scene depicting a Civil War event at Mayhurst

    During the Confederate winter encampment of 1863-64, Mayhurst serverd as General A. P. Hill's Headquarters. One of A. P. Hill's daughters, Lucy Lee Hill, was baptized at Mayhurst. Her Godfather, General Robert E. Lee, held her in his arms throughout the christening ceremony on May 1, 1864. The image of the christening scene was recently completed by renowned historical artist, Mort Kuntsler, in a painting entitled "Tender is the Heart". A Giclee Print of the scene hangs in the Mayhurst Parlor where the ceremony took place. The painting was released in a special ceremony and signing at Mayhurst on 27 April, 2007.

    Los Angeles Times, June 27, 2010, Travel Section. Author Judy Mandell wrote about Exotic trips down the aisle. "If you're into history, how about a Civil War-themed wedding? With the bride and bridesmaids in fabulous period hoop dresses, the groom and groomsmen in period costume and the 90% of guests who also dress up, it doesn't get more authentic than at the historic Mayhurst Inn in Orange, Va. Even the music and dancing are themed. The bride walked down the aisle to "Tara's Theme" from "Gone With the Wind."

    Top 20 Most Historic Hotels

    Mayhurst Inn was named (#10) in the top 20 Most Historic Hotels in the USA by the "Nights in The Past - The Webs Premiere Guide to Historic Hotels and Accommodations" in 2010.

  • Diversions and Day Trips

    (For detailed information, phone Orange County Visitors Center at (877) 222-8072 or OR email: [email protected])

    Annual Orange County Events:

    Orange Street Festival

    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-5216 
    • Crafts, food and entertainment

    Orange County Fair

    • 15 minutes
    • (540) 672-2728 Old fashioned & fun events, NO rides

    Somerset Stream and Gas Pasture Party

    • 15 minutes
    • (540) 672-3429 Last weekend of August
    • Demos of antiques steam engines & tractors

    Montpelier Hunt Races at Montpelier

    • 15 minutes
    • (540) 672-0027 1st Weekend in November
    • Flat track, Steeplechase, Jack Russell, Terrier Races
    • Unique and very special
  • Art, Studios and Antiques

    Orange has become a center and destination for those interested in Fine Art, Artist Studios, Antiques and Drama.

    Orange, VA Art and Antiques

    • 5-15 Minutes
    • Shows listing of 10 Art and Antique shops in and around Orange, VA

    The Arts Center in Orange

    • 5 Minutes
    • (540) 672-7311
    • Virginia Artist Displays and Gift Shop

    Graves Fine Art Galleries

    • 10 minutes
    • (540) 832-7679
    • Main Street, Gordonsville
    • Daily (9-5)

    J S Mosby Antiques & Artifacts

    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-9944
    • Main Street, Orange
    • Civil War memorabilia

    Stokes of England Distinctive Wrought Iron

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 295-9848
    • Keswick Rd, Keswick
    • Daily - (9-5)

    Melrose Antiques

    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 661-1004
    • Main St. in Orange
    • Open Mon.-Sat. (10-5)

    Greene House Shops

    • 20 minutes
    • (804) 985-6053
    • Rts. 33 & 29, Ruckersville, VA
    • Open 7 days

    Country Shoppes of Culpeper

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 547-4000
    • Rt. 29, Culpeper

    Blue Ridge Emporium

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 948-2255
    • Rt. 29, 6 mi. N of Rt. 33

    Antiquer's Mall

    • 35 minutes
    • (804) 973-3478Rt. 29, Ruckersville

    Nan Rothwell Pottery

    • 1 Hour
    • (434) 263-4023
    • 221 Pottery Lane Faber, Virginia 22938

    Functional Salt Glazed and Stoneware Pots and Pottery Classes

    • Tuesday-Saturday
    • Antiquarian Mall 10 minutes
    • Main Street, Gordonsville
    • Daily (9-5)
  • Arts & Drama

    Ed Jaffe Gallery

    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-2400
    • Stone Sculpture Main Street, Orange

    The Odd Chest

    • 15 Minutes
    • (540) 832-9050
    • Antique and Distinguished Furniture
    • Gordonsville

    Nichols Gallery

    • 15 minutes
    • (888) 994-3733
    • Silkscreen, watercolor, oil media
    • Barboursville, VA

    Four County Players Theater

    • Barboursville, VA
    • 20 minutes
    • (540) 832-5355
    • Five productions annually including the popular outdoor Shakespeare

    Artisans Studio Tour

    • Time & Distance Vary
    • 35 Artisans in 19 Studios
  • Civil War Attractions

    Area between Orange & Fredericksburg was most fought over territory in the Civil War.

    Wilderness Civil War

    • Battlefield & Exhibit Shelter
    • Staffed in Summer
    • 25 minutes
    • Site of first Lee vs. Grant encounter; bloodiest and most decisive campaign of war

    Chancellorsville Battlefield & Visitors Center

    • 30 minutes
    • (540) 786-2880
    • Staffed by US Park Service
    • "Stonewall" Jackson fatally wounded

    Fredericksburg National Military Park & Visitors Center with Museum

    • 45 minutes
    • (540) 373-6122
    • Well preserved & signed battlefield located 3/4 mile from Old Town

    Spotsylvania National Military Park

    • 45 minutes
    • (540) 371-0802
    • Site of the Bloody Angle
    • Cedar Mountain Battlefield
    • 20 minutes
    • Site of 9 August, 1862 defeat of Gen Pope by Stonewall Jackson's Corp (Really won by Gen A. P. Hill)

    Brandy Station Battlefield

    • 30-45 minutes
    • Largest Cavalry Battle of Civil War
    • Encompasses over 15 miles of terrain

    Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

    • Gordonsville, VA
    • 10 minutes
    • (540) 832-2944
    • Confederate Hospital Museum Military & Surgical
    • Reenactments Mid-May & late Sept
    • Open daily 10-3:30 pm (except Wed)
  • Golf Course

    Spring Creek Golf Course

    • Gordonsville
    • 40 minutes
    • (540) 832-0744
    • The course offers a strategic challenge in a placid setting

    Meadow Farms Golf Course

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 854-9890
    • 27of the most interesting holes around
    • Longest Hole in the US, Par 6 - 841 Yards.
    • Bring extra golf balls and burn your score card
    • Guaranteed to be a fun

    Lake Monticello Golf Course

    • Palmyra
    • 35 minutes
    • (434) 589-307
    • Designed by Buddy Loving to take advantage of the Piedmont's rolling landscape
    • 18 hole, Par 72, 6,925-yards.
  • Museums

    James Madison Museum

    • Orange, VA
    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-1776
    • Monday thru Friday: 9am - 4pm
    • Weekends March to Nov. 1-4 pm

    Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

    • Gordonsville, VA
    • 10 minutes
    • (540) 832-2944
    • Confederate Hospital Museum

    Military & Surgical Reenactments

    • Mid-May & late Sept. Open Daily, 10-3:30 pm except Wednesdays

    Orange County Historical Society & Historical Research Center

    • Orange, VA
    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-5366
    • Monday thru Friday - 1-5 pm
    • Summer Saturdays 10-4 pm
  • Presidential Homes

    Montpelier Home of James & Dolley Madison

    • Orange, VA
    • 5 minutes
    • (540) 672-2728
    • Hunt Races - first Sat. of Nov.
    • Quarterly "Big Woods Walk"
    • Daily tours, frequent special events
    • Powerful Enslaved American Exhits

    Monticello Home of Thomas Jefferson SE of Charlottesville

    • 35 minutes
    • (804) 984-9800
    • Daily tours, garden tours in season
    • Ash Lawn - Highland

    Home of James Monroe

    • 40 minutes
    • (804) 293-9539
    • Daily tours-Five minutes beyond Monticello SE of Charlottesville
  • Recreation

    Skyline Drive of Blue Ridge Mountains

    • 40 minutes
    • West on Rt. 33 to Skyline Drive North OR South


    • BYOB and helmet
    • 0 minutes
    • 7 tested routes from Mayhurst
    • 9 - 30 miles


    • 35 minutes
    • Old Rag Mountain

    Lake Anna State Park

    • (540) 854-5503
    • 13,000 acre lake
    • Public boat landing fishing, camping & swimming

    Marina at Lake Anna

    • 35 minutes
    • (540) 895-5051
    • Call for information

    Lake Orange

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 672-4270
    • 124 acre lake, marina, fishing & picnic area

    Oakland Heights Farm & Horseback Riding

    • 7 minutes
    • (540) 832-3350
    • Ride into the hills

    Oakland Heights Farm & Horseback Riding

    • 7 minutes
    • (540) 832-3350
    • Ride into the hills

    Rafting, Tubing, Canoeing & Fishing

    • James River, Rafting and Reeling - Scottsvill, VA (434) 286-4386
    • 1 Hour
    • James River

    Skydive Orange

    • 10 minutes
    • (877) DIVESKY
    • Orange Airport

    Hot Air Ballooning

    • (434) 996-9008
    • Launch from Mayhurst!
    • A "must" experience

    Bull Riding and Rodeo

    • Oakland Heights Farm & Horseback Riding - Orange County, VA (540) 832-3350
    • 7 Min
    • Orange County
    • May, June, July, August, September
    • Call for dates

    Lagniappe Farm Alpacas

    • 20 minutes
    • (540) 661-3537
    • 44 acre farm with a beautiful herd of cute, lovable Alpacas

    Waugh Enterprises Harley Davidson

    • 5 Minutes
    • 1.5 Miles East on Route 20
    • A Harley-Davidson Super Store - It's not just a dealership - It's a Destination
  • Wineries

    Mayhurst is centrally located for visiting many fine Virginia wineries.

    Barboursville Vineyards

    • Barboursville, VA
    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 832-3824
    • Tasting Mon-Sat 10-5
    • Sun 11-5
    • Also historic ruins Gov. Barbour home

    Burnley Vineyards

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 832-2828
    • 3 miles S of Barboursville
    • Tasting Everyday 11-5 Apr-Dec
    • Tasting Fri-Sun, 11-5 Jan-Mar

    Old House Vineyards

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 825-8772
    • 5.2 miles south of Culpeper on Rt. 3.
    • Tastings Monday, Thursday, Friday - 1-5 PM; Saturday - 11-5 PM; Sunday - 12-5 PM

    Horton Vineyards

    • 25 minutes
    • (540) 832-7440
    • Rt. 33, west of Gordonsville
    • Tasting daily 10-5 pm.

    Prince Michel Vineyards

    • 30 minutes
    • (800) 800-WINE
    • Rt. 29, between Culpeper & Madison
    • Tasting daily 10-5 pm.

    Jefferson Vineyards

    • 35 minutes
    • (800) 272-3042
    • Between Monticello & Ash Lawn
    • Tasting daily 11-5
    • Tours at: 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4 pm

    Pearmund Cellars

    • 45 minutes
    • (540) 347-3475
    • Near Warrenton, VA
    • Tasting daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Free Tasting Coupons from Mayhurst

    Early Mountaiin Winery

    • 30 minutes
    • (540) 948-9005
    • Rt. 230 (West of Rt. 29) near Madison
    • Tasting daily 11-5 except Tuedsay
  • Real Estate

    We recommend the following Realtors in the area. If you are looking for property in the area and are using one of the realtors listed below we will provide you with a 10% Discount. Simply mention the Realty Company when you make your reservation.

    Premier Virginia Properties, LLC

    • 107 S. Main Street, STE 1
    • Gordonsville, VA
    • Office: (540) 832-0071
    • Cell: (434) 906-0274
    • Extensive listings and Specializing in Equestrian Farms & Estates

    Coldwell Banker Elete - Select Virginia Properties

    • 4207A Germanna Highway
    • Locust Grove, VA 22508
    • Office: (540) 972-9040
    • Fax: (540) 972-7760
    • Waterfront, Golf, New Homes, Farm and Country Real Estate in Central and Piedmont Virginia

    Charlottesville Country Properties, LTD

    • 2820 Hydraulic Road, Suite 400
    • Charlottesville, VA 22901
    • Office: (434) 964-0406
    • Cell: (434) 981-3011
    • Specializing in Charlottesville and the seven surrounding counties; Albemarle, Orange, Madison, Greene, Nelson, Fluvanna and Louisa

    Cowan Realty

    • 151 West Main Street
    • Orange, VA 22960
    • Office: (540) 672-1100
    • Cell: (203) 913-3128
    • Specializing Country and Town Properties in Orange and the surrounding Counties