Hackley’s Country Store gets lights just right

Just two of the comments I have heard recently in Rappahannock County related to our beautiful dark skies. Not dark ground, or dark landscapes, just dark skies, and this makes Rappahannock very unique. A place where we can enjoy sights not seen clearly — if at all — from many surrounding counties. […]


Quite the Yeaster!

“We can’t wait to do it again,” announced Jennings Carney of Pen Druid Brewing as a spectacular Yeaster festival drew to a close Saturday, “and hope that with each event we can bring together farmers, producers and consumers of real agriculture in the most literal sense of the word.” […]

Washington Column

Washington column for April 25

I hope that everyone had a nice Easter Sunday. The day was gorgeous. One could not have asked for a more beautiful day.For about 30 years, it’s been the tradition that Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue organizes and hosts an Easter egg hunt, free of charge, for all county children. And so it was again this year! […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for April 25

Fourth Estate Friday at Country Cafe; and all on Saturday: SperryFest 2019 coinciding with the annual Great Rubber Duck Race; Rappahannock Spring Plant Sale at Waterpenny Farm; Ocean Orchestra at Little Washington Theatre; and Gallery 3, Sperryville’s newest fine art gallery, has officially opened its doors. […]


Meet Wesley, your new best friend

My name’s Wesley and I’m a young American foxhound. I got lost and was traveling a gravel road when a really nice lady picked me up, got me warm, and then got me to RAWL. They call me a “mush” here. I guess that means “really nice guy.” I’m 1-2 years old and weigh 70 pounds, and am well-behaved, medium energy, and fine with other dogs and cats. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for April 25

Jan. 21, 1960: Sunny skies Sunday lured 14 hikers out to tackle the Devil’s Stairs, a rocky gorge in Harris Hollow, which defies description. The steep climb was a test of endurance as hikers scrambled over the hugs boulders. Many times the winding trail crossed a stream that was completely underground in several places and came gushing to the surface in others. […]

Fire and Rescue

Big Meadows successfully set ablaze

Dave Robinson, Fire Management Officer for Shenandoah National Park, several dozen rangers and firefighters from Shenandoah Park, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park climbed into their firefighting gear to begin igniting Big Meadows along Skyline Drive. […]

Parks and Recreation

Running Home to Rappahannock County

The finish line for Katie Arnold’s first-place victory in Saturday’s Fodderstack Classic 10K — a giant blown-up arch with computerized timing — is a far cry from the uneven chalk line she crossed as a young girl in 1981, her National Geographic photographer dad David Arnold of Huntly awaiting her arrival on Gay Street to capture the moment. […]

Letters to the Editor

Planning facilitator not enough

We’ve seen a successful model of that in the county. The Foothills Forum has funded professional journalists who have developed comprehensive and award winning feature articles backed by extensive data gathering and analysis run by this paper on key issues in the county. […]