Like many who “accidentally” discover Rappahannock, Craig Batchelor was introduced to the county well over a decade ago and was instantly captivated by its bucolic charm. As a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, he enjoyed escaping the hustle and bustle on weekends, visiting his brother in his Sperryville home.
Two years ago, Batchelor had the opportunity to become much more deeply involved on various levels within Rappahannock. When local friends and business owners announced plans to sell Thornton River Grille and its adjacent Sperryville Corner Store, he decided to buy it.
“They’re such an integral part of the community,” Batchelor said, describing the businesses as a microcosm for the entire county. “Local touchstone issues are discussed here,” he added. “We’re the equivalent of a town square.”
The most meaningful aspect of taking on ownership here was being thrust into an important leadership role, a responsibility that he takes seriously. As such, he continues to learn about the issues facing Rappahannock citizens and seeks ways to address them. This recently led to another opportunity: serving on the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s board of directors.
Although he wasn’t fully aware of the foundation’s broad reach, Batchelor’s experience as a tax, trust and estate attorney lends itself perfectly to an organization that works with donor-advised funds. Understanding both the financial and legal mechanics of such, he hopes to be of service in that regard. But he also knows that connecting with younger generations to give in this fashion — versus direct donations to causes that are dear to them — is an important need to which he can contribute. And of course, his unique perspective of Rappahannock’s needs will certainly guide the board as it moves forward.
“I’m honored and excited to serve our community as a board member for the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation,” Batchelor said.