Meetings and Notices

Meetings and notices

There being no business to come before it, and after consultation with the chairman, the regular May meeting of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has been canceled. There being no business to come before it, […]

The Rapp

The Rapp

A Tucker Hill retrospective at Caulfield Gallery; frost damages some vineyards; this year’s Rappahannock Evening View benefit has a distinctly local flavor. […]


Plant time

Sylvie Rowand, left, of Washington, and Nina Moore, right, of Sperryville seemed to know exactly what they were looking for at Waterpenny Farm’s annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 1. Several hundred showed up […]


Ester Settle, 1940-2010

Ester Mae Tusing Settle passed away at her beloved farm in Flint Hill, Va., on May 10 surrounded by her family. Ester was born in Hepners in Shenandoah County on Dec. 29, 1940. Her parents were Alma Biller Tusing and Melvin Moses Tusing. She was married to William Richard Settle on June 10, 1957. […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: A special lady

How can I express the loss of one so special as Ester Settle? I could tell how she loved her family with a passion. How she felt that she had experienced things in her life […]


RAWL Dogs: Sid

Please look again at my picture. Identify the movie star that I resemble, if you can.

Got it? My looks, and hence my name, are those of Sid in “Ice Age.” That is what movie experts in Amissville have concluded. So, I am Sid. I am a small hound, one that likes children and likes to retrieve, of all things! I am two years old and mature enough not to be flustered when you come around asking for autographs. […]


Team Winery: Rappahannock Cellars assembles critical disciplines

Visit most Virginia wineries and your first impression is one of peaceful relaxation.

Meticulously pruned vineyards undulate softly across fields of green. The soft tinkle of wine glasses and murmured conversation fill the tasting room. During warmer months, couples and family groups are seen picnicking on landscaped lawns, or patios and decks. […]

School/Education News

Earth Day commemorated with pledge, mural

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, as well as the 40th anniversary of Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP), students from Hearthstone School and Belle Meade School in Sperryville united last week for a two-day collaboration to illustrate a mural for a new “world pledge” entitled “Earth Allegiance.” […]


Woodville’s unforgettable mighty wind

The tornado roared into my father’s house around 3 o’clock that hot afternoon in May. The monster caught me alone in the kitchen snacking on one of my mother’s cookies. All hell broke loose — a thousand freight trains could not have made more noise — and total blackness descended. It was the most fearful moment in my short life. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices

There being no business to come before it, and after consultation with the chairman, the regular May meeting of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has been canceled. On Thursday (May 13), the Washington Architectural Review […]

Home and Land Transfers

Home and land transfers:

These Rappahannock County home and land transfers were recorded in the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office from April 30 to May 6. Hampton Dagmar D. Pickens trustee to Dagmar D. Pickens, 0.5000 acres $32,500, […]


The Rapp

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department is looking for a few good underwriters to help put on its fourth annual Rappahannock County July Fourth Celebration, and the new Visitors Center is hoping to train more than a few good volunteeers on May 12. […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: They have earned a voice

“He was struck by a cannon ball, taking both legs nearly off between the body and the knees.” So reads the memorial of my 31-year-old Great (three times) Uncle David Christian Hite, whose body was […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: That lovin’ feeling, lost?

What has happened to Rappahannock County? My family moved here in 1991. Initially I was a “city” girl and hated the “stinkin’ fresh air.” I had just graduated from Chantilly High School and my parents […]

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Welcome back, Blue Rock

How splendid that Blue Rock has again opened with its new owner and management team. My husband and I have already enjoyed a fabulous Sunday brunch, last evening, the first of what I know will […]