Wakeup call: The volunteer system is aging

The current county volunteer fire and rescue system may be in peril. There is serious concern among local authorities that the increasingly rigorous training demands from the state, coupled with an aging fire and rescue volunteer population, are challenging the viability of the system — and that means we could have to pay first responders, just like everyone else in the region. […]


Of stones and words

Rappahannock County is blessed with an abundance of interesting individuals doing interesting things, often not widely known. In the interest of community-sharing and in the first of an occasional series, Rappahannock News’ Walter Nicklin does a Q&A with Flint Hill’s John Henry. […]

Betsy Brooker

The Blizzard of 2016

Even the geese saw this one coming, as flocks of a dozen or so merged into strings a hundred strong, fleeing the white wall of snow that had faded the Blue Ridge to the West on Friday by about 10:30 a.m., soaring high over frozen ponds in Washington. […]

Poor’s Manual of Railroads for 1891

Missing the train

Rappahannock County failed to get a railroad link to the outside world six times in the 1870s and twice in the 1880s. Now, in the spring of 1890, the giant Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway Company was contemplating a railroad along the Blue Ridge that would pass through Rappahannock County. […]

Larry Sherertz
Features & Columns

Wild Ideas: Wildlife in the snowpocalypse

After Winter Storm Jonas, Pam Owen was eager to get out and see how our local wildlife fared up on the mountain where she lives but also found navigating the deep snow a challenge, in this week’s Wild Ideas column. […]

Alex Sharp

Profile: Turning scraps to treasures on Chester Gap

Cathy Wolniewicz collaborates with her husband Mike — who’s been designing, building and finishing custom furniture for nearly 30 years — to upcycle scraps of wood from furniture projects to create “spirit boxes” with fired clay tops crafted by Cathy in her pottery studio above Mike’s woodshop. […]

Piedmont Environmental Council

Is there hope for historic Waterloo Bridge?

The Warrenton-based Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is asking similar questions as little seems to have been accomplished to rehabilitate the bridge, one of about a dozen metal truss bridges left in Virginia. The bridge, which before closure carried 680 vehicles per day across the Rappahannock River, is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). […]


Revisiting a Dream

A dream is a feeling, an understanding and perception that the impossible is possible. That’s according to this year’s 2016 MLK “DreamKeeper” Award winner Col. (Ret.) Samuel Glasker, who received his honor at Sunday’s 25th-annual observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Theatre at Washington. […]

By C. Scott Willis via Castleton Festival

Castleton Festival goes on ‘hiatus’

The Castleton Festival, created by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, announced Wednesday (Jan. 20) a “temporary hiatus” of its summer 2016 season, citing the need to “build a solid financial foundation for the Festival for continued growth in future years.” […]

Roger Piantadosi

Avon Hall is for sale

The Town Council released a resolution to sell and/or develop the Avon Hall property at 22 Avon Lane at their monthly meeting Monday night (Jan. 11) at the Washington Town Hall, with about 20 town residents in attendance. The resolution, which defines five potential uses of the property and maintains the council’s intention to preserve the unique character of the town, passed unanimously by a roll call vote. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for Jan. 14

This weekend in Rappahannock, it’s time for the annual Christmas tree bonfire, the premier of John Hallberg’s new film, “Attack of the Flying Beagles,” and jazz percussion master Chuck Redd at The Theatre at Washington. […]

Public Safety

Supervisors return EMS money

Nearly $40,000 generated by the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue (AVFR) company in the last two years, re-imbursement for making service calls to Culpeper residents, will be given back to ten insurance companies. […]