Our Heritage and History



Almost two centuries ago, the first Clore family cabinetmaker could be found carefully crafting quality hardwood chairs and furniture. Clore woodworking quickly became a Madison tradition. In 1830, Moses Clore began making chairs with his two sons, James Osborne and Joel. Joel in fact, is said to be the originator of the curved back chair. The chairs, usually constructed of oak, were methodically carved with split bottoms. Their clean lines and smooth finishes continue to mark the company’s work today—from a harvest table to a tall corner cupboard, E. A. Clore Sons furniture speaks practicality, elegance and durability.


In 1921, Edward Ashby Clore decided to build his own shop on the site of the present Clore plant. Although it was E. A. Clore’s mission to produce time-honored pieces of furniture, he still made the occasional coffin for his brother J.C., the town undertaker. Tragedy struck in 1927 when the shop caught fire. Unfortunately the town of Madison had no fire department of its own, and by the time the Orange County fire department arrived twenty minutes later, it was too late.


Clore rebuilt, and this time enlarged and revamped his operations to focus on furniture, but fire struck again in October of 1930. As fate would have it, President Herbert Hoover was building his camp in what is now the Shenandoah National Park at the time and had bought many pieces of furniture from Clore. When word came of the destructive fire, Mrs. Hoover loaned Mr. Clore $200.00 to help rebuild. In return, a table and chair were named Peter and Peggy in honor of the Hoover grandchildren and were sold by Woodward and Lothrop in Washington, D.C.


Having a first-hand understanding of the need, in 1946 the Clore family was instrumental in forming the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company. For forty five years, various family members have held the position of Fire Chief, including the current company president.


E. A. Clore continued to make fine furniture until that same year, when he sold the business to four of his six sons; James, Daniel, Lucien and J.W . The reach of Clore furniture had expanded outside of Madison County—the University of Virginia purchased Clore chairs and desks for the rooms along the Lawn, with Woodberry Forest, a private prep school, soon to follow. E. A. Clore was even contracted to create a replica bed for Ash-Lawn Highland, the Albemarle County home of James Monroe. In 1963, The Washington Star ran an article about the Clore woodworking business and introduced the furniture to a nationwide audience. Since then Clore furniture has been sold in all 50 states and Australia, Italy, England, Guam and Germany, and Clore is now in its sixth generation of ownership.





Michael Clore b. circa 1690 (arrived from Germany in 1717)

George Clore b. circa 1721

Peter Clore b. circa 1750

Moses Clore, b. circa 1787

James Osbourne Clore 1833

Edward Ashby Clore 1875


        James Clore  1908 *                                            

        Daniel Clore Sr. 1910*


                Daniel Clore Jr. 1940


                        Sara Clore Utz 1964


                                Sam Utz 1991

        Lucian Clore 1917*

        J.W.Clore 1919*

        Edward Bennett Clore 


                Edward Bennett Clore Jr. 1930

        Lucy Frances Clore Coppage 1913


                Willie Ashby Coppage 1943


                       Troy Kevin Coppage 1966


                              Tyler Ashby Coppage 1990

                               Ian Scott Coppage 1997

* Four sons of E.A. Clore who became owners in 1946.