The richness of The Virginia Piedmont
is not limited to nature and history. The arts and culture
play an active role in the region’s allure as a destination. Nationally
recognized artists create and display their original works in galleries
and studios. Professional, live theater, concerts, and festivals
are held throughout the year. Community organizations foster the
preservation of local culture handed down through the centuries
and nurture the development and growth of new talent and traditions
that will continue the legacy for which the region is known and
is so proud.
The beauty of the Piedmont has inspired people and patriots, artists
and musicians, for centuries. Let it inspire you with a visit to
one of Virginia’s finest small-town museums, the Museum
of Culpeper History. See and touch 215-million-year-old dinosaur
tracks, learn about the impact of the Civil War on this historic
town, and visit the 250-year-old Burgandine House, the Town of
Culpeper’s oldest. Visit often, as new exhibits are offered
several times a year.
For a personal look at both history and art, the historic Graffiti
House offers both. This two-story frame house built circa
1858 offered care and comfort to both Union and Confederate troops
who recuperated there during its use as a hospital. Many of those
soldiers left behind a record of their time there through the
writings and drawings on the walls that can still be seen today.
Arts live here in Culpeper all year round! Catch a theatre production
or art show by the Windmore Foundation for the Arts or a concert
by the Blue Ridge Chorale. Enjoy a musical production during the
Bluemont or Community Concert Association seasons. Enjoy screenings
of classic movies at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater.
For coming attractions of all kinds, check the Calendar
of Events for an up-to-date listing of whats happening.
Once you’ve been inspired by the beauty of the foothills,
you will want to take home a piece of local art or another reminder
of your visit. In Culpeper’s art
galleries, antique stores, and gift shops you’re sure
to find the perfect treasure to take back home for a lasting remembrance
of peaceful days in the Piedmont.
Community Theatre offers a year-round repetoire of theater
ranging from musicals to drama to its Christmas pagent. The
Highland Center for the Arts, located at the private Highland
School, hosts various performances from theatre to musical, and
is home to the Piedmont
Fauquier County has many art galleries for you to explore featuring
regional and other artists. Along Main Street in Warrenton,
you’ll find galleries that include:
Along Main Street in The Plains, you’ll find:
and just off Main Street in The Plains, you'll find artist studios
and the Virginia Civic Ballet.
In the midst of beautiful mountain and farmland scenery, Madison
County hosts cultural events throughout the year that feature top
names in Blue Grass Music and more.
On the last weekend in April, Spring Fling at Graves
Mountain Lodge in Syria features food, wine tasting, top names
in Blue Grass music
On the last weekend in May, the Festival of Music at Graves
Mountain Lodge features food, wine tasting, top names in Blue
On the last Saturday before Labor Day, the Taste of the Mountains
Main Street Festival is celebrated along Main Street in the Town
of Madison. This annual heritage festival celebrates
18th & 19th century life features Madison County foods and
businesses, outside vendors with handmade arts and crafts and historic
demonstrations and music.
During the second and third weekends in October , the Apple
Harvest Festival at Graves
Mountain Lodge features food, wine tasting, top names in Blue
The Lou Messa
art gallery features large and small prints of rural America.
Come and take in all of the cultural experiences found in beautiful Orange County, where the rolling hills hint at the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance and scenic beauty can be found around every corner.
Four County Players
is Central Virginia's oldest, continuously operating community theater.
In addition to an eclectic selection of stage plays and musicals,
the Players are well known for their Shakespeare productions.
The Lake of
the Woods Players has been contributing to the cultural enrichment
of the community for 25 years. This dedicated group has continued
to grow and produces two shows during the year in the spring and
In addition to the wonderful theatrical community in Orange County, we offer a number of unique and interesting art galleries featuring many local and regional artists.
Along Main Street in Gordonsville, you'll find:
In Barboursville, you'll find:
Gallery - (540) 832-3565
- Sun's Traces Gallery - (434) 973-3700
- Barboursville Gift Gallery - (540) 832-3312
In Orange, you'll find:
Rappahannock Association for the Arts & The Community
(RAAC), is a nonprofit
community organization whose mission is to create the opportunity
for residents of and visitors to Rappahannock County to enrich
their lives through exposure to the arts. RRAC promotes a
sense of community through workshops, dances, programs, concerts,
school events, cinema, and such other activities. In early
November, RAAC sponsors the Annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery
Tour, which features more than 50 regionally and nationally recognized
artists who display their artwork in their own studios or at one
of the many professional galleries in Washington, Sperryville and
Flint Hill. The
Theatre at Washington,
sponsors seasonal concerts, presenting professional jazz, chamber
music, Celtic music, piano recitals and other concerts, and occasional
theatrical performances. Visit us online or call 540-675-1253.
The multi-purpose facilities of the Theatre
House at Castleton Farms, sponsored by The Chateauville
Foundation, make it ideally suited to a wide range of performances—recital
and chamber music programs, jazz, world music, dance and theatre,
in addition to the Residency program’s centerpiece chamber
operas. The Châteauville Foundation was established at Castleton
Farms in 1997 by Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel. The Foundation’s
mission is to nurture young artists, foster collaborative artistic
enterprise and create opportunities within the community for shared
cultural experience. In Sperryville, seasonal community events
sponsored by Rappahannock organizations are held at The
Link Community Center at The Schoolhouse or
call (540) 987-8011.
Many artists have made Rappahannock County their home, attracted
by its peaceful natural beauty and sense of community. Visit
the county’s many galleries that display paintings, jewelry,
sculpture, glasswork and more. These include:
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