History

A most sensational past

The roads leading into Washington, Va. are posted with helpful little signs saying you are entering an “historic area.” Well, duh. Everyone knows that George Washington surveyed the town (in 1749). And you don’t get any more historic than George Washington.

But that “historic” designation has always made me wonder about the rest of Rappahannock County. What are we, chopped liver? If you live just west of downtown Castleton, as I do, is your place not historically worthy? If it has no written history, is it like that tree falling in the forest that no one hears? […]

Art

Middle Street Gallery offers own stimulus

The Middle Street Gallery, a 15-person, nonprofit artists cooperative based in Rappahannock County, will mount its own “economic stimulus” initiative next month. Affordable paintings, photographs and sculpture by its members will be on sale from […]

History

Rapp Facts

Did you know that . . . during the winter of 1947 two musicologists traveled to Rappahannock County to record local songs?

“We proceeded equipped with a recording machine and discs supplied by the Folk Music Department of the Library of Congress,” the scholars wrote in the resulting article, “Songs from Rappahannock County, Virginia” in The Journal of American Folklore. “The material presented here was gathered in a week’s time within a radius of 10 miles from ‘Little’ Washington. The area was bounded on the east by Amissville, on the north by Chester’s Gap and on the south by Thompson’s Gap.” […]

History

Rapp Facts

Did you know that . . . Rock Mills was the site of a holding camp for Confederate deserters rounded up in the area during the Civil War? There once were mills, stores and a post office at Rock Mills, but today it’s just a few houses.
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History

Rapp Facts

Did you know that . . . when the Virginia General Assembly carved out Rappahannock County from Culpeper County in 1833, only two of its towns had been laid out with named streets — Washington […]

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Art

Middle Street celebrates regional artists

Rappahannock County native Jacob Stilley won first place Saturday in a regional art competition at The Middle Street Gallery in Washington. The gallery’s Regional Showcase, drawing from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District, featured […]