Up in the Hollow: Hazzard County is our county on Aug. 13-14

Here comes Hazzard Nation for a two-day get-together in a beautiful field in Rappahannock County. We are calling it “Hazzard Homecoming.” So far, we have visitors coming from 36 states and from as far away as Scotland and New Zealand. If you are new here, it is hard to explain, but basically it will be two days of personal appearances by the cast of the show; two days of country, bluegrass and gospel music, and a two-day car show (featuring about a hundred General Lees, the most popular car in the history of show business). […]


The Rapp for July 28

New slogans (or maybe not), an Angus Show award for a young Sperryville woman, Ballard’s summer sale ends Saturday, amazing vegetable-growing news, pretty good peach-growing news, and the Piedmont claims another Soap Box Derby champion. […]


Editorial: Slick operator

No major engagements in the Civil War, the sesquicentennial anniversary of which is now being celebrated, took place here in Rappahannock County. But in what is today’s not-so-civil conflict in Big Washington, our very own […]


River of rocks

Though it’s the season for low water levels, those levels — illustrated here by the meager flow of the the Thornton River Wednesday in front of the Glassworks Gallery on U.S. 211 in Sperryville — […]

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The News Feed

Bridge update

Update: In a July 28 email to the county administrator, a VDOT spokesman now says the bridge will be closed into September, and also that scheduled repairs this summer to the Route 624 (Sunnyside Orchard […]

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Free shows Sunday at Castleton

Between its final two formal performances this weekend, the Castleton Festival is offering two more free concerts Sunday, July 24: noon at the Manor House Cafe, a Steven Sondheim-inspired cabaret featuring singers from the Castleton […]


The Rapp for July 21

• Kudos to the Castleton Festival, which ends its one-month program this weekend. • Heat-related warnings, and good wishes, to this weekend’s First Battle of Manassas reenactors, including a couple from Rappahannock. […]


More ‘Gods,” plus some generals, in Manassas Friday

When Ron Maxwell was a boy growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s, his father, John F. Maxwell, often read books to him and his younger brother dealing with American history.

To make the stories come alive, the father would also take his sons to various Colonial sites and Revolutionary War sites in the New Jersey area. […]


Sustainability: The dance goes on

As if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to follow all the rules and guidelines necessary to have your products designated as “organic,” Nick Lapham has also tackled . . . biodiversity. Certain newspapers that […]

Kids and Family

Wolfpack wild over new girls’ team

Girls may be made of sugar and spice and everything nice. They may wear pink fingernail polish and refuse to leave the house without mascara on. And heaven forbid if they can’t text their BFF […]

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Editorial: A patriotic Fourth

“Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.”

George Bernard Shaw’s famous quip came to mind this Fourth of July weekend as our elected representatives in Big Washington struggled to become fiscally responsible. Or at least pretended and postured that they were struggling.

Here in Little Washington and environs, our patriotism somehow seems more genuine and grounded in common sense.

Take our fireworks display at Sperryville’s Thornton Hill Farm: It may not have been as huge or as spectacular a show as that on Big Washington’s National Mall, but that does not diminish the patriotic spirit behind it. To the contrary . . . […]