Sperryville Column

Remembering Buddy Whorton

The soul of a beloved local man now rests eternally in the arms of the Prince of Peace. Franklin Lee Whorton, better known to all as Buddy, leaves behind hundreds of mourners; his bereaved wife Betty, their children and grandchildren, and the countless lives he touched. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 12

Washington VFR members teamed up to add a new look to their station — a flag pole; Caroline Roth explains her monoprint and monotype presses at Quievremont Winery July 21; and Kate Anderson’s art reception at Middle Street Gallery July 14. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 12

Iranian-American guitarist, Shahin Shahida, and his band perform at Castleton this Saturday; RAAC Film-TalkBack make-up date for “The Post,” on Aug. 11; Congressional candidates Leslie Cockburn and Denver Riggleman political debate set for Sept. 5; and get details for this Second Saturday’s events. […]


Collecting the artwork of children

A middle or upper-class girl was expected to grow up, get married, have children, and take care of a home. Proficiency with needle and thread was not a hobby back then, it was a necessity. As part of her preparation for the responsibility of sewing clothes and linens for her future family, most girls completed at least two samplers. […]


Q&A: Rappahannock through the lense

Rather than a traditional gallery opening and exhibit, Sands’ portraits of the county, titled “Who We Are,” accompanied by several images of Rappahannock’s distinctive landscapes, will be enlarged and displayed throughout the county for one month beginning Saturday, July 7th. […]

Washington Column

Washington Column for July 5

He said he really enjoyed seeing those old International Farmall tractors with the Old Glory flags on them as he passed through the county en route to Skyline Drive. They do bring back fond memories of our farmland, our heritage and, most of all, our freedom. […]

Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas: Slithery visitors  

The snake showed up in my yard, much to the consternation of my dog, Mollie. She cued me to the reptile’s presence with her fierce barking. Going outside, I found her a few feet from from the kitchen porch, yapping away at the snake, which was less than a yard away. […]


Ringing in the Fourth

Defying a heat index approaching 100 degrees, several hundred county residents and visitors brought picnic baskets and blankets to the lawn of Washington’s Avon Hall, on Sunday evening, to witness retired U.S. Marine Col. John Bourgeois lead his orchestra of current and former military musicians in an “All-American” salute to 1776. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 5

County Administrator walks the walk, of the trail; wedding bells ring in Castleton; Virginia says: 225 million pounds of apples a year; Sen. Kaine in support of semi-legal high; and County 4-H Livestock Club gears up for farm show. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for June 28

Rapp High School celebrated an ‘All Classes’ reunion at the Flint Hill Fire Hall, about 100 alumni gathered for a covered-dish luncheon; Charles Benjamin Estes graduates from VMI; stop by the Book Barn to pick up some summer reading material; and have a happy and safe Fourth of July. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for June 28

Recently, at the RAAC Theater, 16 artists and organizations were formally presented with 2018 Claudia Mitchell Arts Funds grant checks from RAAC totaling $49k; chat and jive with the Rapp staff at Country Cafe this Friday morning; and it’s deadline time for the Census of Agriculture questionnaire. […]


Meet Corey, your new best friend

I’m a 1-to 2-year-old Cattle Dog and was found as a stray back in May. Some people found me but they weren’t allowed to have dogs where they live. Meanwhile I’m helping out ‘cause I like having a job. I’m sweet and laid back so I will fit easily into my new abode. I’ve been introduced to girl dogs and really like them. […]