Flint Hill gets recognition it deserves

Motorists now know for certain what road leads to Flint Hill.

And for that, the historic village’s residents, restaurants and shops couldn’t be happier.

“Back in July, several Flint Hill business owners mentioned that there was no signage on Highway 211 directing visitors to Flint Hill as they approached Route 522 from the east or west,” explains Businesses of Rappahannock (BOR) President Theresa Wood.

“After investigating,” Wood continues, “I discovered that both Washington and Sperryville had signs scattered along 211 — as far east as Warrenton and as far west as Luray.”

New highway signs give long overdue credence to Flint Hill. By Theresa Wood

Wood, who happens to live near Massies Corner — where drivers in the know turn north onto 522 to reach Flint Hill — contacted Rappahannock County Administrator Garrey Curry for help.

She pointed out to the administrator what many county residents had never even realized: the Rappahannock village, for however many years (nobody can say for certain), had been given the shaft in the signage category.

Heck, one could argue that Flint Hill wasn’t even on the map.

“Mr. Curry,” says Wood, “contacted VDOT and made the request for the signs on behalf of Rappahannock County. And two weeks ago, the new Flint Hill signs were installed!”

Wood was beyond impressed with the quick fix, sending the county administrator “a huge thank you for always being responsive to inquiries — and for getting the much-needed signage for Flint Hill.”

People now visiting Flint Hill for the first time will learn that in 2012 the entire village of 209 people — home to Griffin Tavern, Skyward Cafe, Blue Door Kitchen & Inn, Horse N Hound, Settle’s Cars & Trucks and more — was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Flint Hill Baptist Church, we should add, is separately listed on the same historic register, as is nearby Caledonia Farm, its federal style stone dwelling built in 1812.

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