Work In Progress

Turning the Land

Some farmers see agritourism as financial salvation. Others see it as a buzzword. Part four of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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Nelson finds a niche

Nelson County has looks to tourism for revitalization and to boost revenues. In doing so it has emphasized the county’s attractions while seeking to preserve its natural beauty. Is it a way forward for Rappahannock? Part of a Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the county’s economic past, present and future. […]

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Connecting Farmers to Local Markets

Farmers who want to stay focused on traditional agriculture have their own challenges when it comes to earning a living. One of the bigger ones is gaining direct access to local markets and consumers. That’s where their profit margins can be healthier than selling their products in the commodities market, where they have no control on price. […]

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The struggle to stay

Some call it the Rappahannock Hustle, and many younger residents do it as a means to work and stay in the county. Part of a Foothills Forum/Rappahannock News series on the county’s economic past, present and future. […]

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A Balancing Act

As Rappahannock ages and farmers struggle, where does business — particularly tourism — fit into the economic mix? Part three of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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An anomaly for his time

Like many residents of Rappahannock who’ve overcome social and economic upheaval, Engham’s success owes much to his ingenuity and inventiveness. That’s something Russell, an author and former resident who sought to document the stories of African-Americans in Rappahannock from the time of slavery. […]

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Taking Care of Business

Businesses of Rappahannock surveyed its 188 members in June and asked two questions: • What is the biggest challenge in sustaining your business? • Does the local business community need to play a bigger role in shaping Rappahannock’s future? […]

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Work in Progress

Part one of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future — it has a long history of dealing with changes brought by forces beyond the county line. […]

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A Fraught Future?

Farming in Rappahannock is going through a transition. What challenges does the community face in holding on to its agricultural core? Part two of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

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Picturing America

Lange’s most recognized portrait is “Migrant Mother,” taken at a temporary camp in California. But Lange and other notable photographers came to capture Rappahannock County in the Depression for the Farm Security Administration. […]

Going Nowhere

Gary Ford, wheelman

Almost all the drivers who provide rides to Rappahannock residents do so in their own cars. Gary Ford takes a different approach. He does the driving, but he uses his passengers’ cars. In fact, he’s turned it into a business […]

Going Nowhere

What about driverless cars?

The state of Virginia has tried to ensure that it doesn’t miss the AV wave by designating Virginia Automated Corridors — roads open for autonomous test drives. But these are major highways, such as I-66 and I-95 […]

Going Nowhere

Country roads

Slightly fewer than three-quarters of the 851 students at the county’s two schools ride the buses. Just under 40 percent are picked up by six buses serving Chester Gap and Amissville. So, 10 buses are needed to transport kids in the rest of the county. […]

A Troubling Diagnosis

Rural health care discussion exposes challenges

A discussion of Rural Healthcare: What’s Next? drew more than three dozen people from across the county to the Washington Fire House last Sunday afternoon, spurring ideas for finding solutions to a range of healthcare issues experienced by local and regional residents. […]