Culpeper boasts a modern-day quality of life, based on more than a 250 year tradition of harmony and hard work, honesty, and hospitality. Our balanced economy grows everything from data centers to soy beans. Our mid-Atlantic location, quality schools, excellent services and low taxes offer a nourishing environment for raising families and growing businesses.
Culpeper is midway between the Washington skyline and Skyline Drive, Mount Vernon and Monticello, Bull Run and Appomattox, and between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the deep blue Atlantic. This means savvy travelers can spend each day in a different place and time, yet spend their evenings in a place of timeless beauty and charm.
Culpeper is rich in history, with roots pre-dating the Revolutionary War. The Museum of Culpeper History offers history buffs a splendid collection of dinosaur tracks, Indian artifacts, Civil War relics, historic photographs... and friendly advice.
Historic Route 15 (once known as the Old Carolina Road) runs through the center of the county. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground initiative highlights Route 15’s importance in U.S. history, stretching from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The historian C. Vann Woodward remarked that the Route 15 corridor has "soaked up more of the blood, sweat, and tears of American history than any other part of the country," For more on The Journey Through Hallowed Ground initiative, click here.
A walking-tour through the Historic Town of Culpeper provides a genuine study in American Colonial and Victorian architecture, dating back to 1749. Culpeper’s quaint shops, galleries, and restaurants are an original Town Center. Culpeper County, chartered in 1749, was named for Lord Thomas Culpeper, Colonial Governor of Virginia, 1680-1683. That year, at the age of 17, George Washington was commissioned to survey and plot the Town and the County of Culpeper. The Town of Culpeper was chartered in 1759 by an Act of the General Assembly as the Town of Fairfax and it was recorded that the Town occupied a "high and pleasant situation." Major renovations have been completed at the Historic Train Depot, the region’s gateway during the late 18th century, and the Civil War era “Graffiti House.” www.brandystationfoundation.com/
Civil War Battlefields include the Battle of Brandy Station and the Battle of Cedar Mountain and the Town of Culpeper. Vineyard tours are available at more than 40 farm wineries tucked away in the slopes of Virginia’s rolling hills.
Excellent golf and tennis venues are available throughout the area. Lake Pelham and the 100+ acre Mountain Run Lake Park provide excellent locations for picnicking and boating. Trout fishing in nearby mountain streams and scenic canoeing is available along the Rappahannock River, which flows from the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.
Culpeper is also home to Commonwealth Park, one of the state’s largest equestrian facilities, hosting a variety of national horse shows and special events. The first Culpeper Horse & Colt Show was held in 1897. Today Culpeper continues its long tradition of equestrian exhibitions at Commonwealth Park, one of the finest horse-sport facilities in the country. Some of the richest show jumping events in America have been held at Commonwealth Park. In addition to the Culpeper Finals, Commonwealth Park is home to the HITS Culpeper Show Series (five qualifying classes in the Pfizer $1 Million USGPL Grand Prix Series). The facility features seven show rings, multiple schooling rings and over 830 stalls in 22 permanent barns. In 2009, more than 3,000 horses, 4,500 horsemen and 2,500 spectators attended HITS Commonwealth Park in Culpeper and nearly $1 million in prize money was awarded.
Throughout the year, Culpeper hosts a popular schedule of Festivals and Special Events, including February’s Mardi Gras Celebration, April’s Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, May’s Wicked Bottom 5K, The Summer Third Thursday Concert Series, June’s CulpeperFest, an old-fashioned Fourth of July Festival with a Car and Bike Show, September’s Hoptober Fest, a Fall Farm Tour, October’s Air Fest and a Holiday Open House.