Wood Screws: Why do we care?

Buyers should be aware that hand finished screws in a piece of furniture may not be the original. One clue is to look at the slot in the head. In the early 1800’s, screws were hammered into their shape by a blacksmith. […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Climbing tomatoes, anyone?

Okay, so what do you DO with a six pound sweet potato? My bride looks at it like it is the monster from the dark lagoon. I thought about taking it to my friend, Mr. Jenkins, who thoughtfully brought me a box of sweet potatoes a few years ago when mine didn’t make it. […]


Northam stumps in Sperryville

Dr. Ralph Northam, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, made a campaign stop in Sperryville last Saturday. Andrew Haley and Lila Helms hosted a fundraiser for the gubernatorial hopeful at Haley Fine Art on Main Street, which attracted about 75 area residents. […]

Letters to the Editor

Once a happening place

After that, the town began growing. An 1835 description of the town stated “besides the usual county buildings lately erected (the courthouse, clerk’s office, and jail), the town contains 1 academy, 55 dwelling houses, 4 mercantile stores, 2 taverns, and 1 house of public worship. […]


Hallowed high ground

Descendants of families forced from the mountains to allow for the 1935 creation of Shenandoah National Park made their way to Bolen Cemetery for their annual clean-up and picnic. A dozen strong four-wheeled their way to the lofty burial plots in SUV’s and 4x4s. […]


On the way to Chardonnay

Gadino Cellars assembled an enthusiastic volunteer crew early Saturday morning to pick this year’s Chardonnay grapes. The crew got instructions from Bill Gadino (at 7:30 a.m.!) before fanning out into the vines. The harvest delivered 3,750 pounds to the vineyard’s crush pad. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Sept. 21

The town readies for this weekend’s Farm Tour; Rappcats kicks off Cause for Paws raffle; silk scarves that elegantly emulate “All Things Rappahannock” will be available at The Inn’s special market on Sunday. Get there before noon to be eligible for the Inn’s gift basket giveaway. […]

School/Education News

School news for Sept. 21

Panther teams notch up more tallies in the win column, with updates on volleyball, cross country and football and remember the Homecoming game is today, Sept. 22; and WCDS learn the gravitas of their Honor Code. […]

Letters to the Editor

Epitomizing ‘Swampdom’

Garrett, a tea party Republican, joined the House Freedom Caucus as soon as he got to town. That cabal of conservative and libertarian Republicans is committed to voting no on “every good idea” that might cost something, starting with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. […]

Letters to the Editor

Quite the ‘Taste’ 

This year, the Rappahannock teachers and students, including the culinary students, the band, the Honor Society and the Quiz Bowl team all provided their time and talents with Dave Naser as point person and led by Rappahannock County Schools Superintendent Shannon Grimsley. […]

Letters to the Editor

Went Bonkers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in this year’s “Bonkers Night” at Camp Fantastic. Once again, it was a huge success! The committee — Sandra Jenkins, Marie Davis, Jan Makela, Jim Blubaugh — were invaluable in planning this event. […]

Letters to the Editor

Bringing volunteers to laughter

On September 7th, Aging Together and Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services celebrated and thanked their volunteer drivers from Culpeper, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties. Fifty-seven people had lunch, heard a comedy routine by Shirley Workman of the Madison Senior Center and enjoyed socializing with other drivers. […]