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Culpeper Times • February 2-8, 2017

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Culpeper County divided again

In 1793 Madison County was created from the southwestern part of Culpeper County. At the time, there was also interest in a separate county being formed from the northern area of Culpeper. This interest would continue to grow over the next 40 years. Finally in 1832 the push for another new county began to take shape. The Virginia General Assembly received the following petition: The undersigned petitioners, residents and voters of the County of Culpepper, beg leave to represent to your honourable body, that they are exposed to great inconvenience from the great size, the geographical extent, and overgrown population of the County of Culpepper as well as from the peculiarly inconvenient location of the seat of Justice of the said county. A reference to the map of the County and census will show that a population of perhaps half the whole county are cut off from the Court House by two Rivers frequently impassable and often difficult to cross. A large majority of this population have to travel more than twenty miles to

court, a considerable portion more than thirty miles over a mountainous country, and over roads that are and probably will remain in all time to come, as bad perhaps as any in the commonwealth. Your petitioners therefore earnestly request that a law may be passed establishing a new county out of the Northern and North Eastern parts of the County of Culpeper. They would respectfully suggest that a line commencing in the immediate vicinity of the Slate Mills situated near the Madison and Culpepper line and running across the County of Culpepper to some point (say the mills of Daniel Ward Esqr.) on the Fauquier and Culpepper line would cut off the county of convenient and compact form and sufficient size, and would in no way interfere with the convenience of their fellow citizens in the old County. There was some opposition from those who didn’t want Culpeper broken up again. Opponents of the new county worried mostly about lost tax revenue for Culpeper County. They noted that residents of a new county would still need to use the roads to the Fredericksburg markets that Culpeper had to maintain. Another concern involved jury trials; it was felt that a smaller population in Culpeper would be a detriment to finding impartial jurors.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

purchase teen gifts. Also thank you to the ROTC from Culpeper High School for carrying boxes to cars for us. Thank you to County Waste and Recycling for providing us a recycling bin. This year during our pick-up time, we also had the pleasure of being entertained by Kendra Callahan and the youth musical group from Precious Blood Catholic Church. Finally, we acknowledge the help of Monica Creel and others at Piedmont United Way as they helped with the final baskets. Angel trees were sponsored by the Culpeper Methodist Church youth group and by Culpeper County Public Schools Central Office staff. We thank both groups for helping make Christmas special for lots of children. Thanks to the National Jr. Honor Society of Floyd T. Binns School for wrapping our boxes which were put out throughout the community to collect canned food. Thanks to the following businesses who collected food for our baskets: Minuteman Mall, Battlefield Chevrolet,

CULPEPER CURRENTS

Julie Bushong

We couldn’t do it without you: Thank You! Dear Culpeper Citizens: Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program would like to say thank you to the citizens of Culpeper for your support during our 2016 season. We also would like to thank Brandy Station Fire Department for providing a place to organize and carry out our project. We want to thank Kristen Johnson and Clore English Funeral Home staff for their work in collecting toys for the Culpeper Toy Chest. The program thanks Cube Smart for providing storage for us as we planned for the season. Our program is very appreciative to the Knights of Columbus from Precious Blood Catholic Church for picking up our food donations throughout the community. We would like to say a special thanks to the National Honor Society and FCCLA of Eastern View High School for raising funds to

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Traveling west on Route 211 from Warrenton will take you from Fauquier to Culpeper to Rappahannock County. It’s a scenic and serene drive. In the end, the argument of the inconvenient travel faced by a large portion of residents just to conduct ordinary business became the convincing factor. The new county became a reality on February 8, 1833. Named for the Rappahannock River, the General Assembly established the boundaries as: Beginning at the corner of Madison and Culpeper counties upon the top of the Blue Ridge of mountains, and running thence with the line of said counties to the point where it is intersected by the Hugh’s River, above the junction of Hugh’s and Hazel rivers; thence with Hugh’s river to

the junction of the aforesaid rivers: thence to a bend in the river near a point called the Giant’s Castle; thence to Horner’s Mill upon the Fauquier and Culpeper line; thence with said line to the corner of the aforesaid counties upon the top of the Blue Ridge; thence with said mountains to the beginning, shall form one distinct and new county, and be called and known by the name of Rappahannock County. To note: the 1840 U.S. Census showed Culpeper County with a population of 11,393, Rappahannock County with a population of 9,257, and Madison County with a population of 8,107.

Battleford Ford, Battlefield Toyota, Cube Smart, Chamber of Commerce, Chrysler of Culpeper, Culpeper County Library, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Frost Cafe, Gold’s Gym, K&M Rentals, Koon’s Cars, Martin’s MedExpress, Mountain Run Bowling Center, Museum of Culpeper History, North Ridge Apartments, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Woodscape Apartments, Town of Culpeper treasurer’s Office, and VA Department of Health. Finally, thank you to the Girl Scout Troop 552 for dropping our collection boxes off for us. The Culpeper Christmas Basket Program is very appreciative to the following schools in the area that collected canned food for our program: Epiphany Catholic School, A.G. Richardson, Emerald Hill, Yowell, Farmington, Sycamore Park, Pearl Sample, Culpeper Middle School, F.T. Binns Middle School, Eastern View High School, Culpeper High School, Culpeper Central Office, Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center, Culpeper Christian School, Heritage

Day Care, and Rainbow Day Care. The group would like to show gratitude to the JROTC and other citizens who helped carry food baskets to cars on delivery days. Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program recognizes the tremendous help of our committee (Ann Laster, Melody Mackison, Jennifer Burriss, Susan Hauman, Robyn Althoff, Brian Mackison, Bruce Winning, Sue Jenkins, and Kristen Johnson who helped in numerous ways to make sure the 2016 program was a success. Finally, we would like to express thanks to all the other citizens, churches, businesses and others who helped pack our baskets and toy bags. Without your support, the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program could not complete this important project which helps needy families of Culpeper County. Sue Jenkins Chairman Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program

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Culpeper Times - Feb. 2nd, 2017  

Culpeper Times - Feb. 2nd, 2017