Located 20 miles west of Culpeper is the town of SPERRYVILLE. Hans and I stopped here for lunch (Route 522), as we were on our way to Luray to hook up with the Skyline Drive. We got take-out from the "High on the Hog" which I have a separate tip for.
Near the restaurant, a sign about "Sperryville" was near by. this is what it had to say:
"Laid out by Francis Thornton Jr. in 1817, Sperryville survives as an upper Piedmont crossroads village. In the early 19th century John Kiger built Conestoga Wagons here. By the 1850's two turnpikes (Thornton's Gap and Sperryville & Rapphannock) intersected here. In 1867, the Smoot family of Alexandria, built a nearby tannery that closed in 1911. by that time, the town boasted four churches, five general stores, one hotel, six mills, numerous shops, a Masonic hall and a population of 350. Sperryville's wooden residences and visual charm have long made it a familiar stop for seasonal tourists to the Blue Ridge Mountains."