Rappahannock County, Virginia

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Rappahannock County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 6,983. Its county seat is Washington[1]. The name "Rappahannock" comes from the Algonquian word lappihanne (also noted as toppehannock), meaning "river of quick, rising water" or "where the tide ebbs and flows."



Rappahannock County was founded 1656 from part of Lancaster County, and became extinct in 1692 when it was separated to form Essex County and Richmond County. The currently existing Rappahannock County was founded by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1833. The county's land was carved from Culpeper County. The county was named for the river that separates it from Fauquier County.


The Rappahannock River forms the northeastern boundary and separates Rappahannock County from Fauquier County. Rappahannock County is bounded on the southeast by Culpeper County and on the southwest by Madison County. The Blue Ridge Mountains occupy much of the western portion of the county.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 267 square miles (691 km²), of which 267 square miles (690 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.10%) is water.


The Rappahannock County Public Schools School District is located in Washington, VA and includes 2 schools that serve 921 students county-wide in grades PK through 12.

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