Conveniently located between Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, DC is historic Culpeper. Tracing its ancestry back to Revolutionary and Civil War times, with the Culpeper Minutemen, you can catch glimpses of history throughout the town. Historic landmarks bordering Culpeper are Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain, two active areas for battle during the Civil War. The fighting continued to the North and East with the First Bull Run, and the Battle of Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Chancellorsville. To the West was the Battle of New Market.

The town, now booming after 250 years of growth and development contains many residential and “high-style” commercial buildings. The historic district contains over 140 structures, making it one of the largest in Virginia.

Big Kenny, of the country band Big & Rich is originally from Culpeper, VA. Since leaving home, he and his partner have charted ten singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. In addition to his success with Big & Rich, Kenny has written and co-written songs for country artists Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, and Tim McGraw to name only a few.

Have you ever wondered where Mother’s Day came from? Perhaps it was thought up by a greeting card company or maybe by a florist or chocolatier. In fact, Mother’s Day finds its origins in Culpeper as well. During the Civil War, an activist by the name of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis and her organization Mothers’ Day Work Clubs declared neutrality in a sharply divided area of Virginia. Her organization offered aid to both sides of the war. When the war concluded, tensions still ran high, so public official sought out Ann to come up with a way to bring everyone together. She as well as her organization came up with the annual event “Mother’s Friendship Day” which brought soldiers and their families from both sides together to celebrate, eat, and to play music together. This celebration continued annually until there was less animosity between sides. After Ann’s passing in 1905, her daughter Anna took action to make Mother’s Day a national holiday. She succeeded in 1914 when word reached President Woodrow Wilson and he declared it a recognized holiday.

Whether you’re a visitor to the area, or someone who’d like to make Culpeper home, you’ll have plenty to entertain yourself. Foodie’s will love “It’s About Thyme”, or it’s two adjoining eateries. Shoppers will have their choice of one of the many boutiques in town offering one-of-a-kind items, or larger upscale shopping centers. For the movers and shakers, be sure to catch a performance at the State Theater after a nice long, guided tour of one of the trails. After the show, finish the day with a visit to Virginia’s only legal Moonshine distillery.

Dining:

It may be a fad in other areas, but farm-to-table dining is something deeply rooted in Culpeper’s culture. Dating back to times when Culpeper’s main source of income was strictly agricultural, locally sourced and sustainable foods are what you’ll find in Culpeper’s many restaurants.

Ranging from BBQ to sushi you’ll find what you’re looking for along the stretches of Main Street and Davis Street. Venture beyond fast food with the many bakeries, diners, and fine dining options. There is so much to experience that a one-day visit will never be enough time to absorb all that Culpeper has to offer. Some of the restaurants in the area feature Bed & Breakfasts above their shops. This allows for the best experience, especially after taking a winery tour or spending an afternoon shopping.

Culpeper Favorites:

Copper Fish Seafood & Wine bar
(Fresh seafood, appetizers, fine wine)
140 East Davis St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar
(Teppan Yaki, gorgeous sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine)
409 Meadowbrook Shopping Center
Culpeper, VA 22701

AJ’s Grocery & Deli
(Convenience store, fried chicken, deli sandwiches)
19417 Brandy Rd
Brandy Station, VA 22714

It’s About Thyme
(European country cuisine, Steaks, Seafood)
128 East Davis St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Sites to See:

The State Theatre
1938 theatre recently renovated is home to National touring artists and music and film festivals
305 S. Main St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Bluemont Concerts Series at the Old County Courthouse
A 25-year tradition hosting large bands out in the open air of the Old County Courthouse lawn
135 W Cameron St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Culpeper Downtown Sunday Art Walk
From 1pm to 4pm every Sunday, the shops, boutiques, and artisan dens open their doors to art lovers. The shops display and sell art and sometimes feature the artists themselves for on-site painting.
East Davis St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Historic Locations:

Yowell Meadow Park
(Former gathering place for the Culpeper Minutemen during the Revolutionary War)
N Blue Ridge Ave
Culpeper, VA 22701

General A.P. Hill’s Childhood Home
Corner of Main and Davis St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Burgandine House
One of the oldest structures in Culpeper build in approximately 1750
803 S. Main St
Culpeper, VA 22701

Graffiti House
Built in 1858, this home played host to both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. The upstairs plaster walls feature charcoal drawings and writings from soldiers from both armies. These drawings were papered over and forgotten until a renovation in 1993.
19484 Brand Rd
Brandy Station, VA 22714