Living in Rappahannock
Rappahannock County is one of the best-kept secrets in the country, with stunning natural beauty, and eclectic community of farmers, artists and intellectuals and a deeply held commitment to keep it that way.
In Rappahannock, things are a little different. We have no traffic lights, Burgers & Things is our “fast food” restaurant, Sunnyside Market suffices for groceries and the Farmer’s Co-op is our ultimate retail experience. It’s surprising that Washington DC is only a little more than an hours drive to the east.
A far-sighted Board of Supervisors who enacted strict zoning laws before developers were able to gain a toehold has protected Rappahannock. Our restrictive zoning has been reinforced by conservation easements and residents dedicated to protecting our beautiful natural scenery and rural heritage. With land in conservation easement and the Shenandoah National Park, almost 30% of the land in the county will be protected forever.
Despite its rural ambience, Rappahannock County offers a vibrant cultural life and an abundance of outdoor activities. From an exciting arts community, five-star restaurants and wineries to organic farms, biking, hiking and equestrian activities Rappahannock offers entertainment and recreational opportunities for almost everyone.
Rappahannock County has seven villages, each with its own flavor; Amissville, Flint Hill, Chester Gap, Washington, Sperryville, Woodville and Castleton. Washington is the county seat and with about 350 residents it is the largest village in the County. Sperryville is the gateway to the Shenandoah National Park and is the tourist and commercial center of the county. All together, the 2000 census showed a full time population of 6,972.
Rappahannock County embodies small government and residents are happy to forgo the traditional services of more populated jurisdictions. Taxes are modest and we want to keep it that way.
If you are attracted to a rural lifestyle and you enjoy wonders of nature with a true sense of community, you’ll be right at home in Rappahannock County.