Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, rural landscapes, rivers and streams, lush valleys, and quaint villages, Rappahannock County has retained its ... Show synopsis Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, rural landscapes, rivers and streams, lush valleys, and quaint villages, Rappahannock County has retained its natural beauty for more than 250 years. The abundance of rich soil and pastureland attracted settlers to the area in the 1800s. As the population grew, small communities and mill towns sprang up throughout the county, becoming centers for business and social interaction. These early settlers left an indelible mark on the landscape, and their legacy defines the region. The county retains its rich architectural history through its representation of period homes and buildings, many dating to the early 1800s. Barns, mills, stone walls, and farmhouses are common sights along the miles of rural roads. The county is quickly earning a reputation as a culinary destination due to the growing number of superb vineyards and sumptuous dining establishments that dot the landscape. Rappahannock County remains a rural gem where descendants of those early settlers cherish their heritage.