Rapp Facts

Photo by Gary Anthes

Did you know that . . . What is now Ben Venue was once called Gaines Cross Roads, located at the intersection of the Warrenton-Thornton Gap Turnpike (now U.S. 211) and Richmond Road (Route 729). The impressive brick house there, also called “Ben Venue,” was built in 1844 by William V. Fletcher. Across the road from the house stand three little brick houses built for slaves. Few slave dwellings survive today, and ones as well-built as these are very rare. A Civil War Trails marker in the parking lot of Williams Tree Service (formerly ECow) provides additional information.

Drive six miles west from Ben Venue and visit us at the little red brick building at 328 Gay St. in Washington. And become a member of the Society.

Rappahannock Historical Society
328 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747
540-675-1163 or rapphistsoc@comcast.net