Dr. Robert Thomas, a prominent Orange County physician, constructed Oakley in the Greek Revival style in 1843. His daughter Sarah (Sally) Thomas Browning and her husband, G. Judson Browning, later owned it. George W. Bagby (1828-1883), Southern Literary Messenger editor and well-known humorist, cast Judson Browning as the fictional narrator of "Jud Brownin's Account of (Anton) Rubenstein's Playing" and "Fray Devilo," stories describing a piano concert and an opera in rural dialect. This genre remained popular into the 20th century. Browning organized the Orange Rangers during the Civil War and afterward served in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1865-1867.
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. J Ridgely Porter III
Geographic Location: Orange County
Physical Description of Location: 12546 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Orange, VA 22960. Marker is on right when traveling west on Route 20.
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