Parker moves Lesinski case forward

Equating conflict of interest proceedings against Rappahannock Supervisor John Lesinski to being stuck in a “mud patch” with the wheels spinning, Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker has told lawyers on both sides to “get past” demurrers and move the case forward. […]


Beware the Sperryville triangle choke

An exciting milestone for the budding Rappahannock martial arts community, as the Totality Martial Arts Academy, based right here at Stonewall Abbey Wellness in Sperryville, had four representatives compete in the Copa Virginia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. Coached by Professor Mattie Leto, participants Jacob Rosenbaum, Hugo Ramirez, Smith Cliffton and Josh Neff competed in their respective divisions, bringing home a gold and silver medal. […]


How bout them apples?

Horticulturist Mark Smith, director of estate gardens and grounds at the Inn at Little Washington, chose a chilly late-winter day this past week for some “dormant season renovational pruning” of the inn’s apple trees — priming them, he explained, to “renew their shape in the French provincial style.” […]


Rappahannock’s unique ‘virtual village’

Can you conjure up the image of an old-fashioned village? The kind of place where neighbors-helping-neighbors is a value everyone shares? Many would rightly say that such a sentiment is found abundantly throughout Rappahannock County. It is also, not surprisingly, the core-principle that powers the young, local organization known as Rapp at Home. […]

Letters to the Editor

Comp plan ‘shall be general in nature’

Goals not written down are dreams and seldom accomplished. I learned about SMART goals long ago: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable. Working together, I believe we can continue to accomplish whatever needs to be done to keep our county on the viable path it needs to meet and adapt to the changing challenges now and in our future. […]

Letters to the Editor

Romancing Rappahannock a huge success

Without all of you Romancing Rappahannock 2019 would not have been possible. I am so very grateful for your participation and support and the faith you put in me and in this event. Romancing Rappahannock 2019 demonstrated that local businesses can work together effectively and achieve collaborative success. […]


Deer ears in snow

Celebrated photographer Gary Anthes, his most recent book “Pictures at an Exhibition” published in 2018, captured this beautiful scene along Hope Hill Road in Castleton during this past weekend’s burst of snow. If the calendar is to be trusted, spring arrives in Rappahannock County next Wednesday, March 20. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 14

Seniors from regional high schools, including two in Rappahannock, were recognized at the March Meeting of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; RCES students participated in Read Across America Week from March 4-8; and last week’s ceremony marked the end of the WCDS winter sports season. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for March 14

Quièvremont Winery hosts special concert with Lipbone Redding; all that rain leads to worst year for vineyards in 33 years; Sperryville’s own John MacPherson of Three Blacksmiths up for RAMMY restaurant award; RAAC Community Theatre presents the hilarious and beloved comedy “Harvey.” […]


Meet your new best friend, KC

My name is KC and I am a typical puppy, that is to say cute, cute, cute! I am a young, happy girl, about 10 to 12 weeks old, and a German Shepherd/Pitbull mix. I’m very social and love other dogs, cats, and of course humans. I’m close to being housebroken and am working hard at it. If you’d like to meet me I’d like to meet you. Please come visit and ask for “Cutie Pie.” […]


Can’t escape the Thorntons

From Thornton Gap to Thornton River to F.T. (Francis Thornton) Valley Road and beyond, there were six Francis Thorntons associated with the county between 1731 and 1840, one of whom laid out Sperryville in 1817. Rappahannock Historical Society researcher Maureen Harris in 2015 wrote the definitive article on the Thornton dynasty in Virginia, titled “Will the real Francis Thornton please stand up!” […]