Near here was the church of James Waddel, the blind Presbyterian preacher. Waddel, who had been a minister in the Northern Neck and elsewhere, came here about 1785 and died here in 1805. William Wirt, stopping in 1803 to hear a sermon, was impressed by Waddel's eloquence. He made it the subject of a classic essay.
Geographic Location: Orange County
Physical Description of Location: 18665-18683 James Madison Hwy (US 15), Gordonsville, VA 22942. Marker is on right when traveling south on US 15, about 500 feet past intersection with Black Level Road (State Route 690).
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