Rapp Facts

Woodville as seen from Red Oak Mountain in 1905. Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society.

Did you know that . . . when the Virginia General Assembly carved out Rappahannock County from Culpeper County in 1833, only two of its towns had been laid out with named streets — Washington and Woodville. The towns vied to become the county seat of government with Washington, of course, eventually winning the prize. But not everyone in Woodville was disappointed with that outcome. One prominent citizen of the village, according to Elizabeth and C.E. Johnson in “Rappahannock County History,” called Woodville “a center of culture” and predicted that county courts would “attract drunkards, lawyers and other rowdy elements.”

For more fun facts, stop by the little red brick building at 328 Gay St. in Washington. Visit our store and museum, browse through old photos, find out about our cemetery project and learn how you can get fun facts about your own property. Even “rowdy elements” and lawyers are welcome and encouraged to become members of the Historical Society.

Rappahannock Historical Society
328 Gay St., Washington, Va. 22747