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Arts and Culture

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.

Culpeper County

Museum of Culpeper HistoryThe 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.

The 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 what’s 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.

Fauquier County

The Fauquier 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 Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Madison County

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 Grass music

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 Grass music

The Lou Messa art gallery features large and small prints of rural America.

Orange County

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 fall.

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:

  • Nichols Gallery - (540) 832-3565
  • Sun's Traces Gallery - (434) 973-3700
  • Barboursville Gift Gallery - (540) 832-3312

In Orange, you'll find:

Rappahannock County

Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VAThe 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:

In Sperryville, visit:


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Arts and Culture

Culpeper County

Fauquier County

Madison County

Orange County

Rappahannock County


 The Virginia Piedmont …something special in the foothills