kemper house


(Madison,VA 22727)
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Madison County Historical Society
Madison County Virginia (VA)

upcoming events


We are looking for old photos of life in Madison County. We will scan them and return them to you while you wait. Please call 540-395-5119 for more information or to make an appointment.

Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson Speaker

February 25, 2018 ANNUAL meeting

We are honored to have as our speaker for the February 25th Madison County Historical Society quarterly meeting Dr. Hortense Hinton- Jackson, a native of Culpeper and recently retired Provost of the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.  The subject of her talk will be the George Washington Carver School.  In 1946 there was very limited secondary school educational opportunity for African Americans in Orange, Greene, Madison, Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties.  In that year representatives of these counties asked for and received funds from the state to build a regional high school and George Washington Carver High School was opened in 1948.  Until integration occurred African-American students from these counties attended the George Washington Carver school.

Dr. Hinton-Jackson’s career in higher education has spanned forty years.  Prior to NOVA she held administrative positions at Germanna Community College, the University of Virginia, and the University of the District of Columbia. She is listed in “Who’s Who Among African-Americans”. Her leadership abilities were honored at the Harvard Institutes for Leadership in Higher Education, the American Council of Community Colleges’ Leadership Institute and The American Council of Education’s Office on Women and its Virginia Network. 

The meeting will be held in the Madison County Administrative Offices auditorium at 3pm Sunday February 25th.  Refreshments will be served in the Kemper Residence following the presentation.  Everyone is invited to attend.

spring tea plans underway

Plans are well underway for the Spring Luncheon Tea on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. in the Kemper Residence.  Reservations are being accepted now from members of the Historical Society and friends. If spaces are still available, the public will be offered the opportunity to attend after March 1.

Guests will be served a varied menu including warm scones with homemade lemon curd, tea sandwiches and tempting sweets, accompanied by unlimited pourings of delicious Kemper Tea. 

You may enjoy this generous menu of tasty goodies in return for a $25 donation to the Madison County Historical Society. We have held that price for the past several years, but any additional contribution is always welcomed by the Historical Society.   The food is prepared, donated and served by volunteers, so all proceeds are contributions to support projects of the Society. 

Make your reservations right away by calling 540-547-4398 and leaving a message including your name, telephone number and the number of reservations you are requesting.  You will receive a return call to confirm.  We welcome singles or groups up to six.  You may also call the number above with questions, or email

In response to many requests, containers of popular Kemper Tea will be available to purchase for your own enjoyment or for gifts.

If you have not yet visited the new Madison Museum on the lower level of the Kemper Residence, this will be a convenient time to do so.  Docents will be available after the tea for you to visit.