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VDOT has finally made it official — signs posted on Routes 211 and 522 warn that large tractor-trailer trucks are now prohibited from using narrow Ben Venue Road unless they have a local purpose. Residents reached out to VDOT in 2018, complaining about the number of large trucks using the wi…

Ninety family and friends on Saturday filed into a birthday party at the Sperryville Fire Hall in celebration of 90-year-old Lee Anna Wharton. Lee Anna’s family, displaced from Shenandoah National Park when she was 5, settled in Sperryville. 

New and returning students to Rappahannock County Elementary School, including second grader Madelyn Chapman happily skipping down the hallway here, were more than excited to try out the new Commit to Be Fit Sensory Path that winds its way through not one but two of the school’s hallways. 

As seen here, “The House that Addie Built” is having its chimneys repointed. Addie Nairn Hunter built the small bungalow-style cottage — “Massanutten Lodge” — in 1911, just before marrying (and then divorcing) Skyland Resort founder George Freeman Pollock. 

At RAAC Theatre's Third Annual Summer Community Reading this week, Philip Rosemond (left), Stephen Brooks, Mara Seaforest, Russ Savage, Jeanie McNear and Sharon Kilpatrick took roles in the 1955 radio drama “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” 

August is a spectacular month in the garden, with myriad flowers blooming. Mother Nature similarly provides for a dazzling display of wildflowers this final month of summer, including these colorful blossoms bursting forth along Skyline Drive at sunset Sunday.

Scenic Virginia’s annual Virginia Vistas Photo Contest, which showcases the amazing breadth of beauty in the Commonwealth, has announced its 2019 statewide contest winners, which this year includes Rappahannock County. Scenic Virginia received 1,000-plus entries, and in the Farms & Open …

“My real belief is that government shouldn’t be involved in marriage at all, but if it is, everybody has to be treated equally before the law. That is part of our Republican creed. And it also comes down to love is love. I’m happy to join two people together who obviously love each other.”

“When butterflies fall in love, do they feel people in their stomachs?” a Shenandoah National Park ranger wondered when posting a news release this week on the brightly colored insects. This pair of butterflies — love birds for all we know — was photographed Sunday above the park’s Little De…

Janet Kerig (far left) and Kitty Keyser (far right) conduct a Summer Arts & Crafts Camp at Sperryville’s Hearthstone School. The Waldorf-inspired camp includes storytelling, watercolor painting, rhythmic movement and dance, water play, drumming, beadwork and nature walks among its many a…

It was so hot in Rappahannock County this past weekend that one farmer claimed eggs were frying inside her chickens. While we cannot prove that oddity as fact we can confirm it was exceedingly hot — scorching is a better word — as reflected by this cleverly worded sign outside the Sperryvill…

People come from all around to see Sperryville resident Tom Lewis’ annual display of Christmas lights and ornamentation, but only his lucky friends and neighbors ever see his summer display of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Lewis harvested 18 bushels of potatoes last week and promptly repl…

The Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show took place in Culpeper July 11-15, where regional 4-H and FFA Youth Livestock Program members, including several seen here from Rappahannock County.

Etched in stone atop the 100-foot Franklin Cliffs in Shenandoah National Park is “Lade 1959.” An old Norse name, Lade was given to one who lived next to a barn or worked in one. The rocky perch, which affords a spectacular view of the Shenandoah Valley, was obviously a special place for Lade…

Unfazed by heights, Chris Rinehart of Boston climbed through the heat and humidity to reach the top of the shady side of the Sperryville Schoolhouse and entrance to RappU. Among Rappahannock’s most recognized landmarks, the schoolhouse is getting a fresh coat of red paint, courtesy of Woodvi…

Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, established in 1952, welcomed several thousand parade-goers and participants to its 2019 Carnival Parade Thursday evening, capped off with thrilling amusement rides and games for children and adults alike. Visit here for more photos from the event.

No better prelude to Independence Day than the annual Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Carnival Parade. Where else, after all, does a hometown pageant like this one, presenting all the bells and whistles, wind its way to a spectacular carnival?

Summer has officially arrived in Rappahannock County, if you haven’t noticed. Temperatures this week have reached into the 90s, with a humidity-driven heat index approaching triple digits. The sweltering weather is expected to last through the weekend. This flock of sheep is cooling their wo…

It was a beautiful Friday evening on Red Oak Mountain for Rapp at Home’s Summer Solstice Potluck Picnic, celebrating the longest day — and shortest night — of the year from one of the most scenic summits in Rappahannock County.

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