James City Historic District

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The James City Historic District consists of 14 buildings that once comprised the community of James City, a small commercial center in northern Madison County, adjacent to its boundary with Culpeper County. The James City Historic District contains a circa 1796 dwelling later incorporated into a tavern and an early-19th-century store, another early-19th-century house and store, an 1870 dwelling, a blacksmith shop, and several early-20th-century farm buildings. Founded in 1796 by Daniel James, the village boasted the county’s second post office by 1810 and an ordinary by 1822. On October 10, 1863, James City was caught in the crossfire of Union and Confederate artillery during a battle between Confederate troops commanded by General J.E. B. Stuart and Union troops commanded by General H. Judson Kilpatrick. Some buildings in the town were burned as a result of the conflict, but most escaped damage. James City continued to serve the commercial needs of the area until the last store closed in the 1980s.

Last Updated: September 24, 2023

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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Coates Barn

Madison (County)


Belle Plaine

Madison (County)


The Homeplace

Madison (County)