Culpeper Currents: Map making, part two

In April 1819 John Wood began his survey of Virginia counties in preparation for the publication of a state map. He had secured the job through the recommendation of Thomas Jefferson. Wood had been the mathematics instructor of Jefferson’s grandson,…
Culpeper Currents: Map making, part one:

In February 1816 the Virginia Legislature authorized the creation of a state map. When completed the map would be housed at the newly created Board of Public Works and be a reference for the planning of public highways, turnpikes, canals,…
Culpeper Currents: Culpeper County divided again

In 1793 Madison County was created from the southwestern part of Culpeper County. At the time, there was also interest in a separate county being formed from the northern area of Culpeper. This interest would continue to grow over the…
Culpeper Currents: A new county is born

In the decade following the American Revolution the population in Culpeper County’s western area grew. As the county courthouse had been situated in 1749 to the convenience of the county’s original population, those living in the western area found themselves…
A practical Christmas in Culpeper

In 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, Culpeper celebrated Christmas with familiar traditions. A decorated tree stood near the courthouse steps, surrounded by filled stockings which would be handed out to the children who attended the tree lighting…
Culpeper Currents: A veteran’s story

In October of 1781 around 16,000 American and French forces initiated the siege against Lord Cornwallis’ army. Many men from Culpeper County participated in this pivotal event which helped end the American Revolution.
Culpeper Currents: A celebrity visits Bell Tavern

My last column focused on a description of Bell Tavern which sat at the southwest corner of Main and Locust Streets in Culpeper. I mentioned that the proprietor Benjamin Shackelford had hosted President Thomas Jefferson. Here is a brief account…