Fauquier County has for years been attracting new residents who are looking for a balance of modern conveniences and country life. These days, there are a lot of reasons for them to feel good about the move.
Board of supervisors Chairman Richard Gerhardt said in his recent state of the county address that real estate growth, low unemployment and development projects made it a very good year for the county.
Gerhardt also said in the county remained one of the state’s top producers in dairy, crops and livestock. It’s not surprising, since Virginia farms and farmers are some of the country’s best.
For a list of all the county’s successes, click here to read more from Fauquier.com.
Though the residents of our area are blessed to live in some of the world’s most beautiful countryside and farmland, we do have a lack of reliable, high-speed internet. Partly this is due to our rural area, and partly also to do with the hills, hollows and nooks that provide a challenge for wireless signals.
Rappahannock is not backing down in the face of these challenges, as it looks for solutions to the lack of broadband options.
As Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Broadband Project Manager Jean Plymale told the audience a few weeks ago at the Community Broadband Assessment for Rappahannock County, “We can’t go without broadband much longer.”
The Fauquier Education Farm was created in 2010 to teach students, farmers, gardeners and anyone who wants to know how food is grown.
Fauquier Now recently ran an article by Fauquier Education Farm Executive Director Jim Hankins highlighting new workshops and programs in the new year, including a new workshop series and demonstration projects like the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer Program.
It’s that time of year again, when it gets slightly darker and deer are on the move. Here is some advice from the Virginia Police Department and the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries on how to avoid them on the road.
The gift of an acre of land has the Town of Orange exploring plans for a multi-use trail, a dog park, basketball court and other amenities to add more public space and make the town more walkable.
Town of Orange Director of Community Development John Cooley told the Orange County Review that the town plans to seek community input on how the space should be used.
People are looking for connectivity. We’re supposed to be a walk-able town,” Cooley said. “I’ve heard from some people who live on the edge of town that they want ways to walk into town. This would give them that.
Because of the property’s proximity to “Chatter Island,” located between Rt. 20 and Black Run Road on the town’s east side, Cooley said that they are exploring linking the two parcels with a multi-use trail.
Autumn is one of the most amazing seasons in our area. With so many trees along the mountains and hills, we get beautiful fall colors when the leaves change, and the temperature is perfect — not too cool.
It’s also a great time for festivals.
For example, this weekend is the 38th annual Warrenton Oktoberfest at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with an German oompah band, carnival games, corn hole competitions, a petting zoo, face painting, moon bounces, a silent auction, vendors and raffles.
And don’t forget Haunted Hollow, a haunted trail outside town.
As beautiful as our area is for everyday living, some people complain about the limitations when it comes to reliable internet. The hills and hollows make it difficult for signals to travel, and services like DSL have yet to make it out our way.
A new plan to install “microspots” in Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties has earned Virginia Broadband a grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of utility poles that relay wireless internet service into isolated areas.
The company currently uses about 30 of these mini-towers; the grant will allow the installation of nine more at a cost of about $10,000 each, according to Robert Sullivan, VABB’s CEO/president and an original founder of the company. Most of VABB’s Microspots are in the Northern Neck; however, Culpeper County currently has two.
People who visit Culpeper are usually very impressed by the shops, restaurants, friendly people and surrounding countryside. It’s no surprise, then, that the U.S. Travel Association reported that Culpeper tourism increased 5.1 percent last year.
In an article for the Culpeper Times, Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for the Town of Culpeper, said:
“Visitors to Culpeper are drawn to our historic downtown with boutique shopping and culinary arts. Culpeper’s history and heritage continue to attract people from across the country, and our growing agritourism industry delivers authentic local experiences. Culpeper continues to grow as a destination, and the numbers prove this.”
The state has actually put forth a big effort to promote Virginia as a tourist destination. According to the USTA, tourism in Virginia in 2016 generated $24 billion in travel spending. Tourism also supported 230,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.
I can personally attest to the draw of beauty of our area, including the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains, Warm Springs and other natural resources.
Fall is a special time in our part of the country. The weather cools down and the trees turn amazing colors. It’s also a time for our fall and seasonal festivals.
The Piedmont Harvest festival is being held this Saturday from 10am to 4pm at the Fauquier Fairgrounds: 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, VA 20187.
According to Fauquier Now, “the Piedmont Harvest Fest is an indoor and outdoor event at the Fauquier Fairgrounds that features live demonstrations, animals, local artisans, a pumpkin sling-shot, face painting, farm equipment, food, local businesses and more.