Culpeper Travel Guide

  • Historic downtown Culpeper
    Historic downtown Culpeper
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  • The Old Yowell Hardware Store
    The Old Yowell Hardware Store
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  • Train Depot/Tourist Information Center
    Train Depot/Tourist Information Center
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Culpeper Things to Do

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    by LoriPori Written Nov 8, 2010

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    Upon entering the town of Culpeper, our first stop was to the CULPEPER VISITORS CENTER. We just followed the "Tourist Information" signs which led us to 109 S. Commerce Street. The visitors center is located in the historic train depot. Convenient 3-hour parking is located right in front of the building. The center provides visitors with a wealth of community, regional and state information and is a wonderful resource for maps and brochures and other guides to help make your visit to Culpeper enjoyable. Of course, I picked up a few brochures, but my favourite booklet was "In & Around Culpeper - Walking and Driving Tours". It was free of charge and highlighted all of the historic buildings in downtown Culpeper, along with areas of interest around the county.
    The Visitor Center also has clean restroom facilities.
    Hours:
    Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sat. & Sun. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Train Depot/Tourist Information Center

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Culpeper Restaurants

  • SPERRYVILLE - PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

    Sunday October 24, 2010After our visit to Culpeper, we continued on to the #522 to Sperryville. We both had a craving for pulled pork sandwiches. I remembered seeing a couple of places in Sperryville on the day we went to the Luray Caverns. I spotted the restaurant HIGH ON THE HOG at 15 Main Street. You could eat in or take away. And they said on a...

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  • Thai Culpeper

    Right on historic main street in the heart of Culpeper Virginia, located within the historic Lord Culpeper Hotel resides a fusion of old Virginia architecture and Asian cuisine. The staff was very pleasant and quick and the food divine. I tried the fresh Seafood Pad Thai that was riddled with mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid - it was one of the...

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  • CAFE FAIRFAX !!!!! New...

    CAFE FAIRFAX !!!!! New restaurant in town. Very, very good. Excellent food, staff is great. Check it out with Miki Chilton. Tuna, shrimp, soup and salad are all excellent. Go try it out. Great atmosphere... Great for home town people and people from out-of-town.. seafood, soup, tuna, shrimp salad all excellent

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Culpeper Shopping

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    by LoriPori Written Nov 8, 2010

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    On the way to Luray, we travelled along Lee Highway 211. Of course I spotted THAT SPERRYVILLE EMPORIUM and we had to stop. That place had everything!
    Crafts, gifts, furniture - Virginia country hams, honey, jams & jellies, syrup, apples & apple cider, snacks - fireworks - baskets - pottery - lawn ornaments.
    Looks a little organized, but real fun to snoop.

    Open Monday to Sunday
    9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    That Sperryville Emporium

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Culpeper Off The Beaten Path

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    by LoriPori Written Nov 8, 2010

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    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."

    Sperryville

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Culpeper Favorites

  • 302 EAST DAVIS STREET c.1890

    To the immediate left of the Train Depot at 302 EAST DAVIS STREET is the site of the old James Hotel, circa 1890 - 1900. The Italianate style building was a popular turn-of-the-century railroad hotel with a street-level restaurant - now the "Smokehouse"

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  • A BIT ABOUT CULPEPER

    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...

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  • 125 EAST DAVIS STREET c.1890's

    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...

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