"CULPEPER VIRGINIA" Culpeper by LoriPori

Culpeper Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 36 photos


October 24, 2010
Culpeper County is shaped like a diamond, with the town of CULPEPER in the center. The town is where the highways cross - Route 3 from the east, Route 522 from the west and U.S. 15 and 29 from the north and south. Its southern border is the Rapidan River, its northern border is the Rappahannock, which by the way was the Civil War boundary between the North and the South.
Chartered in 1749, Culpeper County was named for Lord Thomas Culpeper, Colonial Governor of Virginia from 1679 - 1683.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Culpeper's strategic railroad location made it a significant supply station for Confederate and Union troops. The Culpeper area witnessed more than one hundred battles and skirmishes during the war. After the Civil War, the town grew to become a thriving regional center.
Culpeper is a unique community that preserves a large collection of historic buildings and landmarks and also has a charming mix of boutiques, restaurants and curio shops. East Street is graced with the oldest homes in town.
Hans and I first drove through Culpeper on our way to Luray Caverns - (Culpeper is only 35 miles from Fredericksburg). We didn't have time to stop on that day, but I knew I wanted to come back here as it was such a charming town. So we indeed stop by on our way to hook up with Skyline Drive on Sunday October 24.


One of the oldest commercial buildings in Culpeper is the old BILLY FRAY FEED SHOP circa 1835, located 195 East Davis Street. It has been used as a stable, a tobacco warehouse and as a jail by both union and confederate armies (in the lower level). It also must have been at one time the Yowell Hardware Co. Inc. The original portion of the building contains hand-made bricks fired in Culpeper, hand-hewn and pegged timbers. The interior was renovated in the early 1980's for use as a restaurant which is now "The Pub" and "The Hazel River Inn/Restaurant".


This wonderful building on 125 EAST DAVIS STREET (circa 1890's) once housed the Post Office / Farmers & Merchants Bank / Clark & Co. Grocers. Known as the "Martin Furniture Building", the triple lunettes of this Romanesque Revival Building's parapet reflect the three businesses for which this building was originally built.
The building is now home to "The Cameleer" which is a specialty store selling international giftware and Aboriginal handicrafts.

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  • Pros:Charming Virginia town - many preserved Historical buildings
  • Last visit to Culpeper: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 8, 2010
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2011 at 6:28 AM

    Sounds like a great little town to visit, and what a lovely sounding lunch too - love your new word, "scrumpdillyicious" :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Culpepper seems like a great, historic spot, Lori. Now, High on the Hog is my kind of place. I love pulled pork so it all sounds good. More great photographs.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Very nice page with some american history to it.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Good that you had the chance to make a stop to explore Culpeper! The historic buildings look very nice!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    It's places like these that make traveling fun. I love exploring historic towns. Excellent page Lori!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    Another great page! This is my first introduction to Culpepper. If we ever get to visit the Fredericksburg area again, Culpepper will be on my list of places to visit thanks to you.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    Hi, Lori! I see it's a nice place in Virginia....I've only been at my friend's in Fairfax....


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