Sperryville, Virginia
Get Sperryville, Virginia essential facts below, Events, or join the Sperryville, Virginia discussion. Add Sperryville, Virginia to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Sperryville, Virginia
Sperryville
A view from Sperryville Pike
A view from Sperryville Pike
Sperryville is located in Virginia
Sperryville
Sperryville
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°39?25?N 78°13?34?W / 38.65694°N 78.22611°W / 38.65694; -78.22611Coordinates: 38°39?25?N 78°13?34?W / 38.65694°N 78.22611°W / 38.65694; -78.22611
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyRappahannock
Elevation
700 ft (200 m)
Population
 o Total342
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
22740
Area code(s)540

Sperryville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 342.[1]

History

Located in the southeast section of Rappahannock County, Virginia, along the Thornton River,[2] Sperryville was laid out by Francis Thornton, Jr. in 1817 and established in 1820 when the first deed was recorded.[3] For most of the early 19th century Conestoga wagons were built by John Kiger.[4] By the 1850, Sperryville boasted two turnpikes: Thornton's Gap and Sperryville & Rappahannock. In the 1860s the Smoot family of Alexandria build a tannery on the Thornton River[5] that closed by 1911. By that time Sperryville had grown to 350 residents with four churches, five general stores, one hotel, six mills, shops, and a masonic hall. The Sperryville Historic District is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Sperryville had 94.43 inches of rain in 2018, a state record.[7]

US Post office in Sperryville

Attractions

Sperryville is close to many outdoor activities. The town is at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides access to the panorama entrance[8] of Shenandoah National Park that provides access to Skyline Drive,[9] which is a continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hiking spots include the popular Old Rag Mountain,[10] White Oak Canyon,[11] and Thornton River Trail,[12] which are all located within the Shenandoah National Park. Near the edge of the park is an apple orchard as well.

The Copper Fox Distillery, a distiller of American whiskey, is based in Sperryville. Central Coffee Roasters, a small batch artisan coffee roaster, is located 1/2 mile west towards the Shenandoah National Park. Haley Fine Art, located on main street, features paintings, sculptures and photography by local and regional artists.

Welcome to Sperryville mural painted at Happy Camper Equipment Co. in 2018

In 2018, Happy Camper Equipment Co., situated at one entrance to historic Main Street, painted a mural reading "Welcome to Sperryville" on a side of the building that has become a point of pride in the community and local attraction.[13]

Three Blacksmiths restaurant, owned by John and Diane MacPherson, was inspired by their travels to London, Slovenia, Switzerland, France and Italy. The reference to three blacksmiths comes from the book Beyond the Rim: From Slavery to Redemption in the Rappahannock[14] by James D. Russell. The author describes a long-ago Sperryville, bustling enough to employ a trio of blacksmiths.

Sperryville is the setting for parts of the 8th Jack Reacher novel, The Enemy, by Lee Child.

Further reading

  • Hanson, Raus (1969). From Virginia Place Names. Verona, Virginia: McClure Press. ISBN
  • Arnold, Scott (2007). A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-2572-1.
  • Hite, Mary (1950). My Rappahannock (Virginia) Story Book. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press Incorpotated. ISBN
  • Lynch, Kathryn (2007). Images of America: Rappahannock County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4384-5.
  • McCarthy, Eugene (1984). The View from Rappahannock. McLean, Virginia: EPM Publications, Inc.. ISBN 0-914440-79-9.
  • Russell, James D (2003). Beyond the Rim: From Slavery to Redemption in Rappahannock. ISBN 978-0615124834.

References

  1. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  2. ^ "Get to Know Rappahannock". County of Rappahannock. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Rappahannock Historical Society. "Between 1820 and 1841 there are multiple deeds recorded in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties in which Francis VI sold the land that he had inherited from John Augustine Thornton. The first of these deeds in 1820 was for the sale of Lot 6 containing one-half acre in "a little town laid off by me, the said Francis Thornton Jr. and surveyed by Johnston Menefee ... the village is in a flat adjoining the lands of John Menefee between the Pass Mill (today's Fletcher's Mill) and Thorntons Gap."
  4. ^ Arnold, Scott (2007). A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 73.
  5. ^ Hite, Mary (1950). My Rappahannock (Virginia) Story Book. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press Incorporated. pp. 143-145.
  6. ^ Lynch, Kathryn (2007). Images of America: Rappahannock County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 45-70.
  7. ^ Livingston, Ian (2019-12-05). "In 2018, 94 inches of rain deluged Sperryville, Va., setting a state record". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Welcome to Sperryville, VA". ShenValley Web Hosting. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ Silas House (2006). Encyclopedia of Appalachia.
  10. ^ Virginia Economic Development Partnership. "Sperryville, VA". Virginia is for Lovers. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ National Park Service. "White Oak Canyon Trail and Route Map" (PDF). Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "Thornton River Trail". Trails.com, Inc. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ https://rappnews.com/2018/07/01/welcome-to-sperryville-creator-petitions-bos-for-additional-murals-in-county/
  14. ^ Russell, James. Beyond the Rim: From Slavery to Redemption in Rappahannock. ISBN 9780976452812.

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Sperryville,_Virginia
 



 



 
Music Scenes