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.


AUGUST 12, 2018 meeting


The speaker for the August 12, 2018 Madison County Historical Society quarterly meeting will be Frank Stringfellow Walker, Jr, a Madison County native and in addition to his professional expertise in Agronomy and the Law he is a well-known historian, author and superb raconteur. The topic of his presentation will be “Gold Mining in the Wilderness.”  Few are probably aware that before the rich gold fields in California were developed in the mid-1800’s, America’s gold came from the Gold-Pyrite Belt running through its South Atlantic states.  Some of the earliest commercial operations were in North Carolina, but Virginia soon became a top producer.  Its era of commercial production went from about 1827 to 1937.  The most productive area in Virginia was its Wilderness, a roughly 70 square mile region existing primarily in eastern Orange and western Spotsylvania counties.  It was a Temperate Zone jungle, created when its forests were clear-cut to provide fuel for the iron production that had taken place there in the 1720’s. Mr. Walker will give us highlights of the history of some of the major mines and of the people who “mined” the investors as well as the ground while producing both gold and the stories of a fascinating era of Virginia’s past. 
Mr. Walker has earned a B.S. in Agronomy (V.P.I.& S.U.), an M.B.A. Darden School (U. VA) and a J.D in Law (U. Va.).  He was President and General Manager of his family farm, Rosni Farms Inc. 1960-1979, practiced law in Orange 1981-1994, and was Founder and lead guide, Tourguide Ltd 1994-2015. As mentioned, in addition to these professional qualifications, he is the author of two books about Orange County and is very knowledgeable about heritage-oriented history, particularly that of the local area.  He has spoken to the MCHS in the past. 
The meeting will be held in the Madison County Administrative offices auditorium at 2pm Sunday August 12th.  Refreshments will be served in the Kemper Home following the presentation and everyone is invited to attend.


Fall Luncheon Tea Planned for September 26th

Plans are underway for the next luncheon tea scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26.  Our chefs are testing recipes, so we can soon finalize the menu. 

 As usual, there will be some new items along with the popular standbys.  You’ll just have to join us to find out what will be new!  We promise you will feel your $28 donation to the historical society is a good investment.  This entire amount goes directly to support the society.  

Get together a group and enjoy a pleasant time together or come as a single and meet new friends.  We can easily accommodate groups of four or six.  To reserve your seat, call 540-547-4398, and leave a message with your name, telephone number and the number of reservations you are requesting.  You will receive a return call to confirm your reservation. 

If you prefer, reserve by email to  If the past is an indication, the limited spaces will fill rather quickly, so don’t delay. 

 Gift jars of the popular tea served at these events will be available for sale in several sizes, so be thinking of friends you can treat to a container of Kemper Tea for Christmas or other gift occasions.  Or, with the promise of cooler days in our future, you might want a supply for yourself.

We look forward to another successful tea to provide funds for the Madison County Historical Society.  We hope to see you at 12:30 on Wednesday, September 26 at the Kemper Residence, on Main Street in Madison.