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Parrish backs out of River District

“I had lots of ideas for the building,” says hay farmer and Stonewall-Hawthorne county supervisor Chris Parrish, speaking of the River District Arts building which three weeks ago he’d offered to buy for $1.1 million. “Problem was, my ideas were…
Sperryville column for June 23

The Hair Gallery goes west Kim Nelson of Amissville is a noted local equestrian, having studied at Morven Park International Equestrian Institute. She orchestrates popular county trail rides and provides not only horse training but riding lessons as well. Behind…
The Rapp for June 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday, The Inn at Little Washington's new weekly farmer's market, Middle Street Gallery's national parks-inspired show at Haley Fine Art and more in this week's The Rapp.
When Bailey met Terry

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, visiting the recently expanded Carfax headquarters in Centreville last week, gets down with Rappahannock resident (and Carfax CEO) Dick Raines — and Bailey, the Theatre dog.
Avon Hall pre-sale changes OK’d

After the briefest of public hearings, the Washington Town Council this week approved a subdivision and changes to its zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan that will allow the prospective buyers of the town’s long-disused Avon Hall estate to move closer…
It’s the street for artists of RDA and Middle Street

The artists of River District Arts — some 18 potters, printmakers, painters and photographers who rent studio and gallery space from RDA itself, plus the 22 members of the decades-old nonprofit Middle Street Gallery artists’ cooperative — are about to…
Another successful business social

Not to be outdone by Sperryville, Businesses of Rappahannock’s most recent networking social in Little Washington was a huge success! Always happy to support our local nonprofits, we were happy when the Rappahannock Historical Society offered to host the event.…
Preservation or change: the perennial debate

Recent actions by the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals have brought into sharp focus the perennial debate among residents about the future character of the county.
The Rapp for May 12

RDA's artists and other tenants await word on the sale of their Sperryville home base; piano prodigy Bolai Cao performs at Castleton; Middle Street mounts "Same Horse/Different Saddle."
Reflections on Rappahannock…

In the interest of community-sharing and in the second of an occasional series, Rappahannock News’ Walter Nicklin does a Q&A with Bill Fletcher of Sperryville.
Foothills Forum Survey: Life in the Jewel of Virginia

An unprecedented survey mailed to every household in Rappahannock County found that respondents treasure the beauty that surrounds them, the privacy they enjoy in one of Virginia’s least populated and unspoiled places, and the spirit of volunteerism that has neighbor…