Inn and Area Event Calendar

**Special Holladay House Event**

June 7th
Civil War Era Fashion Show: Wedding Reception Commemoration

February of 1864, the Chapman Family, the prestigious owners of the "Holladay House", hosted a grand wedding reception for their daughter and her new husband. The reception, detailed in a published diary of a medical steward stationed across the street, tells of the event and the notable people who attended, including JEB Stuart.

To commemorate the event please join us in for an afternoon program:

From 2p - 5p. Period civilian attire encouraged. $15 admission fee, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Orange County Historical Society.  For information and reservations, please call 540-672-4893.

 

Complimentary Wine Tasting Passes

The Holladay House has arranged for complimentary winery tasting passes for our guests. The following wineries are included:

Barboursville, Early Mountain Vineyards (complimentary local meat and cheese plate with flight purchase), Prince Michel, Gray Ghost, Old House, Pearmund CellarsWinery at La Grange, and Barrel Oak.

Ghost Tours at the Civil War Exchange Hotel

Visit one of the History Channel's “TOP 100 Most Haunted Places in the Country”. Tour the Civil War Exchange Museum after dark to find out if you are sensitive to your surroundings and if your skepticism can be maintained after a night visit. Take a candlelight tour of the museum, relive the history, hear some of the stories of its dark past, including its proposed paranormal activity.  Friday nights are for the general public - reserve early as spots fill up quickly! Your innkeepers can make your reservations or contact Angel at 540-656-8848.

Historic Downtown Orange Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Historic Downtown Commercial District. Develop your sense of place - this area is steeped in history from all eras! To take a tour, just ask the innkeepers - they will set up the appointment for you with a certified tour guide.

James Madison Museum Discount Tickets

The James Madison Museum hosts a large collection of James and Dolley Madison memorabilia, along with other Presidents' memorabilia and Virginia Constitutional documents. Staying at the Holladay House entitles you to a special admission price of $4 for one/$8 for two and a complimentary copy of Patriots of the Upcountry Orange County, Virginia in the Revolution by William H.B. Thomas.  Ask the innkeepers for the special admission coupon!

 

Apr 26
Annual Historic Garden Week

This year's tour features three private homes and gardens in Gordonsville, as well as wonderful shopping and dining options. The Exchange Hotel, which was recently renovated, will be open for viewing and included in the tour ticket. There will be special activities on their extensive grounds, as well as Fried Chicken box lunches served in the tradition of the Fried Chicken Ladies of
Civil War time, made with their original recipe handed down through generations. These lunches can be ordered prior to the tour and will be served on the grounds of the Exchange Hotel. Other special activities and more! 10am - 5pm; $30 on day of tour, advance tickets here.

May 3 - 4
Annual Montpelier Wine Festival

The Montpelier Wine Festival is a premier spring event for the whole family. Held annually on the grounds of Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution," the Festival showcases distinctive arts and crafts; specialty food vendors; live music; "cooking with wine" classes; children's entertainment and rides; and tastings all day. This year the Montpelier Wine Festival will have 24 wineries present. Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm. Advance tickets $15, at the gate $25 - ask your innkeeper to get you advance tickets! Full information...

May 4
BBQ Festival at Early Mountain Vineyards

An afternoon of beer, BBQ and bands! From 1p - 4p at Early Mountain Vineyards. $25 at the door; $20 in advance.

May 3 - 6
150th Commemoration of the Battle of the Wilderness

A series of events commemorating the Battle of the Wilderness: real-time walking tours, seminars, bus tours, evening programs.  The full list of events are found on the National Park Service website.

May 9 - 25
Four County Players: A Bedroom Farce

Bedroom Farce is a classic, contemporary British comedy from Tony Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn. In three different bedrooms, we follow the simultaneous interactions of four married couples, whose lives become hilariously complicated when things go awry at an evening house-warming party. Expect chaos, pratfalls, and plenty of door-slamming in this fast-paced, quick-witted, and hysterical (but PG-rated: no nudity or swearing!) comedy. Visit their website for full details.

May 10
Orange Cottage Gardens Walking Tour

Stroll through cozy Orange neighborhoods and their cottage gardens while enjoying art displays in their homes.  Located on East Main Street this year.  9am - 1pm. Free!

May 10
Bull Riding Rodeo

Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing.  Make an evening of it with live music and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Dept. Go early and pick a great seat to watch the excitement. Gates Open - 5:30pm; Live Music - 6pm; Bull Riding - 7:15pm; Admission $15.00. For more information visit the Oakland Heights Farm website.

May 15
Culpeper Downtown 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series

From 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper, a 2012 Great American Main Street winner, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family! Bring friends, family & a lawn chair! Please remember no pets and no coolers, but picnic baskets are welcome!

May 17
Gordonsville Famous Fried Chicken Festival

Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken, which was served to passengers of trains stopping in town during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by local women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads. Nationally-known at that time, Gordonsville's fried chicken earned the town the nickname of "chicken-leg center of the universe". Today, the Cooper family holds the secret recipe for Gordonsville's famous fried chicken.

Jun 14
Annual Trashy Ribs and Blues Festival

Two blocks from the inn is The Trashy Ribs & Blues Festival featuring a free blues concert. Specialty ribs, soul food, sides, soda, and water will be available for purchase from local food vendors. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase (ID Required). Tables and chairs will be provided. Locations for recycling batteries (except car batteries) will be available at the registration desk. Come listen to the deep blues while feasting on juicy, delicious ribs, festival foods, and cold beverages. 5p - 11p.

Jun 14
Bull Riding Rodeo

Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing.  Make an evening of it with live music and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Dept. Go early and pick a great seat to watch the excitement. Gates Open - 5:30pm; Live Music - 6pm; Bull Riding - 7:15pm; Admission $15.00. For more information visit the Oakland Heights Farm website.

Jun 19
Culpeper Downtown 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series

From 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper, a 2012 Great American Main Street winner, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family! Bring friends, family & a lawn chair! Please remember no pets and no coolers, but picnic baskets are welcome!

Jul 4
Culpeper Independence Day Celebration

A great day of celebration and patriotism in and around downtown Culpeper. The Independence Day Celebration is a safe, fun, and affordable event. The day's events will include a 5K race, Dog Walk, youth sporting events, patriotic speeches, a festive parade, CRI's 4th of July Car & Bike Show, food and craft vendors, moonbounces and putt-putt golf for children and adults, a band... and of course FIREWORKS that will delight everyone! For more information, visit the official website.

Jul 5
Annual Holladay House "Hops and Chops" Event

Full information on our Holiday and Seasonal Packages page.

Jul 5
2nd Annual Playin’ in the Park Independence Celebration

The Playin' in the Park Independence Celebration will feature live acts, music, family activities, and of course fireworks. Gates open at 5pm, fireworks just after dark. At Booster Park, just 5 minutes from the inn and Free!

Jul 12
Bull Riding Rodeo

Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing.  Make an evening of it with live music and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Dept. Go early and pick a great seat to watch the excitement. Gates Open - 5:30pm; Live Music - 6pm; Bull Riding - 7:15pm; Admission $15.00. For more information visit the Oakland Heights Farm website.

Jul 17
Culpeper Downtown 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series

From 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper, a 2012 Great American Main Street winner, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family! Bring friends, family & a lawn chair! Please remember no pets and no coolers, but picnic baskets are welcome!

Jul 24 - 26
Orange County Fair

The Orange County Fair is an old fashioned county fair in the truest sense; no midway carnival, no high pressure selling activities. Each year, they put together a collection of activities, contests, and entertainment aimed at creating a fun atmosphere for all members of our community and our guests. They invite you to enjoy a clean, wholesome, family-oriented weekend that focuses on the joy of rural living.

Aug 9
3rd Annual Edible Food Fest in Orange

ONE BLOCK FROM THE INN: Presented by edible Blue Ridge magazine and the Orange Downtown Alliance, the edible Food Festival is a delicious celebration of the Earth to Table movement and its unique roots in Central Virginia. Now in its third year, the edible Fest has drawn more than 4,000 people to downtown Orange to experience a dynamic and diverse array of fine flavors and leading experts in sustainable living. From demos by some of the restaurant-rich region’s leading chefs to expert talks on a variety of topics related to the festivals’ overall theme, to family-friendly fun, live music and more, the edible Fest has quickly made a name for itself as one of Central Virginia’s favorite, and tastiest summer traditions. The 2014 edible Food Fest will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 10am - 6pm. GET FREE ADMISSION WITH A TWO-NIGHT STAY at the Holladay House.

Aug 9
Bull Riding Rodeo

Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing.  Make an evening of it with live music and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Dept. Go early and pick a great seat to watch the excitement. Gates Open - 5:30pm; Live Music - 6pm; Bull Riding - 7:15pm; Admission $15.00. For more information visit the Oakland Heights Farm website.

Aug 21
Culpeper Downtown 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series

From 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper, a 2012 Great American Main Street winner, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family! Bring friends, family & a lawn chair! Please remember no pets and no coolers, but picnic baskets are welcome!

Sep 6
Orange Street Festival

Right outside the doors of the inn, experience a popular event for visitors and residents. Food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and information kiosks line Main Street and Short Street for 8 hours of entertainment for the entire family. From 9am - 5pm.

Sep 12 - 14
Steam and Gas Pasture Party

The Pasture Party displays exhibits of steam boilers and engines, gas engines, tractors, antique and classic cars, demonstrations of threshing and baling and any other displays or demonstrations that are in keeping with the theme of the event. The Pasture Party is open to the general public. $7 for the day!

Sep 13
Bull Riding Rodeo

Oakland Heights Farm is host to BLM Bull Riding events the second Saturday of the month May thru September. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing.  Make an evening of it with live music and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Dept. Go early and pick a great seat to watch the excitement. Gates Open - 5:30pm; Live Music - 6pm; Bull Riding - 7:15pm; Admission $15.00. For more information visit the Oakland Heights Farm website.

Sep 14 - Nov 2
Libery Mills Corn Maze Open

Relive your childhood! Liberty Mills operates the largest corn maze in Virginia! The maze is divided into separate trails so you can pick your challenge.  2014 maze theme is yet to be revealed!

Sep 20
Annual Liberty Ride and Constitution Day

he Liberty Ride is a horseback trail ride as part of Montpelier's Constitution Day Celebrations. The Ride is named after James Madison's beloved horse, Liberty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Constitution with a visit to Montpelier, the lifelong home of James Madison: Father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights, and president of the United States. Enjoy mansion tours, visits with "James" and "Dolley," special games for kids, a wine festival, and an evening of fireworks and music on the mansion lawn. For more information, visit the Montpelier website.

Oct  4 - 5
27th Annual Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheep Dog Trails

Love wool? Join us for the Fall Fiber Festival, held opposite the main entrance of Montpelier and the Montpelier Train Depot on VA-Route 20. This family-fun event showcases fiber animals, sheep shearing demos, hands-on crafts demos and workshops for children and adults, sheep dog trials, craft vendors, food, and music. For more information, please visit their website.

Oct  31
Downtown Trick or Treating

Every year the businesses throw open their doors and rip open bags of candy for the area youngsters. 2000 kids trick or treat their way up and down Main Street. Our inn participates and would love to have you help hand out candy - or simply watch some of the creative costumes stroll by.  A sight to been seen!

Nov 1
Montpelier Hunt Races

A fantastic day at the races complete with terrier races and 8 horse races.  Dress casually or "to the nines" - you'll always fit in.  Join the excitement for the day! Ask your innkeeper to purchase discount tickets for you in advance.  Located 3 miles from the inn.

Nov 27
Annual Holladay House Thanksgiving Feast

Visit our Holiday and Season Packages page for more information.

Dec 7
Annual Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting

Get into the Holiday Spirit with small town holiday celebrations! Holiday parades, Santa, Christmas tree lighting and store specials!

 

   

Don't forget to also check out the Annual Events page and the Holiday and Seasonal Packages page!