Here at Barboursville lie the ruins of the family home of James Barbour, Virginia’s governor during the War of 1812. As commander in chief of Virginia’s militia forces, Barbour planned, organized, and directed the defense of Virginia from January 1812 until December 1814. Known for his oratorical skills and organizing talents, he inspired his fellow Virginians to defend the Commonwealth from relentless British incursions in Hampton Roads and the Northern Neck. On a few occasions, he took command of the militia while in the field. He later served as U.S. Senator from Virginia and U.S. Secretary of War.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Orange County
Physical Description of Location: Marker located at southern corner of intersection of Spotswood Trail (US 33) and Old Barboursville Road (State Route 738), Barboursville, VA 22923. Marker is on left when traveling west on US 33.
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