Magazine features Rappahannock as go-to destination

A photo of Middleton Inn accompanies the article by Franklin and Esther Schmidt.

From contributed reports
This month’s issue of Old House Interiors magazine features a story on Rappahannock County as a go-to destination for those who love historic architecture.

The premise of the article is how little the county has changed over the three centuries since young George Washington surveyed it.
Written and photographed by Woodville residents Franklin and Esther Schmidt, the story and photography features scenic views, street scenes and historic buildings around the county. It also lists the county Web site and other sites that guide the magazine’s readers to specific places and activities around Rappahannock.

Franklin Schmidt says, “We have been here since the early 1970s, which certainly does not make us natives. However, it is long enough to see that, while there have been obvious changes in roads, shops and demographics, we think, given the cataclysmic altering of formerly rural counties all around us, it is rare to see how much is unchanged in the Rappahannock we fell in love with those many years ago.”

The Schmidts are architectural and interior design photographers and writers as well as travel writers for a number of magazines. Their new book on American primitive furniture will be out in 2011. They are also in the process of working on a book on Louisville, Ky.

Old House Interiors is a national and internationally distributed magazine published by Active Interest Media. The Schmidts’ Rappahannock story is online at the magazine’s Web site,, and the magazine is available in bookstores and supermarkets.

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