Sperryville, Virginia

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Sperryville
Census-designated place (CDP)
A view from Sperryville Pike
A view from Sperryville Pike
Sperryville is located in Virginia
Sperryville
Sperryville
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 38°39′25″N 78°13′34″W / 38.65694°N 78.22611°W / 38.65694; -78.22611Coordinates: 38°39′25″N 78°13′34″W / 38.65694°N 78.22611°W / 38.65694; -78.22611
Country United States
State Virginia
County Rappahannock
Elevation 700 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 342
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 22740
Area code(s) 540

Sperryville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rappahannock County, Virginia, USA. The population as of the 2010 Census was 342.[1]

History[edit]

Located in the southeast section of Rappahannock County, Virginia, along the Thornton River,[2] Sperryville was laid out by Francis Thornton, Jr. in 1817. For most of the early 19th century Conestoga wagons were built by John Kiger.[3] By the 1850, Sperryville boasted two turnpikes: Thornton's Gap and Sperryville & Rappahannock. In the 1860s the Smoot family of Alexandria build a tannery on the Thornton River[4] that closed by 1911. By that time Sperryville had grown to 350 residents with four churches, five general stores, one hotel, six mills, shops, and a masonic hall. The Sperryville Historic District is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

US Post office in Sperryville

Attractions[edit]

Sperryville is close to many outdoor activities. The town is at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides access to the panorama entrance[6] of Shenandoah National Park that provides access to Skyline Drive,[7] which is a continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway of the Great Smokey Mountains. Hiking spots include the popular Old Rag Mountain,[8] White Oak Canyon,[9] and Thornton River Trail,[10] which are all located within the Shenandoah National Park.

The Copper Fox Distillery, a distiller of American whiskey, is based in Sperryville.

In popular culture[edit]

Sperryville is the setting for parts of the 8th Jack Reacher novel, The Enemy, by Lee Child.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  2. ^ "Get to Know Rappahannock". County of Rappahannock. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Scott (2007). A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 73. 
  4. ^ Hite, Mary (1950). My Rappahannock (Virginia) Story Book. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press Incorpotated. pp. 143–145. 
  5. ^ Lynch, Kathryn (2007). Images of America: Rappahannock County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 45–70. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Sperryville, VA". ShenValley Web Hosting. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Silas House (2006). Encyclopedia of Appalachia. 
  8. ^ Virginia Economic Development Partnership. "Sperryville, VA". Virginia is for Lovers. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ National Park Service. "White Oak Canyon Trail and Route Map". Department of the Interior. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Thornton River Trail". Trails.com, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hanson, Raus (1969). From Virginia Place Names. Verona, Virginia: McClure Press. ISBN
  • Arnold, Scott (2007). A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-2572-1.
  • Hite, Mary (1950). My Rappahannock (Virginia) Story Book. Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press Incorpotated. ISBN
  • Lynch, Kathryn (2007). Images of America: Rappahannock County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4384-5.
  • McCarthy, Eugene (1984). The View from Rappahannock. McLean, Virginia: EPM Publications, Inc.. ISBN 0-914440-79-9.

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