Rapp Facts

The Laurel Mills wool factory and store (left) are shown. Photo courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society.

Did you know that . . . wool was once a big deal in Rappahannock County. More than 23,000 pounds were produced in 1860, and several local mills refined and wove it into finished woolen cloth. One of the largest wool factories, at Laurel Mills, operated from 1900 until 1927 when production and processing of this fabric moved elsewhere. Today only the ruin of this once-great industrial structure remains.

We can weave more interesting stories when you visit us at the little red brick building at 328 Gay St. in Washington. And do become a member of the Society.

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