A Small Town with a City-Sized Heart – Culpeper, Virginia

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If you haven’t given thought to Culpeper, Virginia, now is the time. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the views are simply breathtaking. On any given day, you can wake, ease into a hike on Skyline drive and still be in Washington, D.C. for dinner and a show at the Kennedy Center. In Culpeper, you have access to name-brand shopping and larger cities, such as Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, which are only a short drive away.

Between 2000 and today, Culpeper County’s population grew from approximately 34,000 people to just over 50,000.  However, that didn’t change the town’s character. People take time to acknowledge one another. Even now, Culpeper serves a much larger market than 50,000 people, but has maintained the relaxed, Central Virginia lifestyle.


An active, vibrant community, Culpeper is home to Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, a full-service community hospital affiliated with the world-renowned University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. Home to over 150 physicians, Culpeper’s Medical Center covers 26 medical subspecialties, including echocardiology, nuclear medicine, CT scans, OB and an outpatient surgical center. The hospital is even home to a cancer center, cardiac center and physical rehabilitation Wellness Center. The Family Birth Center provides board-certified physicians and specialized nurses to ensure families receive high-quality maternity care without having to travel great distances during crucial moments. The Birth Center also boasts spacious suites, including jetted tubs, birthing balls, music and cable TV, while the postpartum suites offer plenty of room for visitors or loved ones to spend the night.

Committed to keeping its citizens healthy and informed, Culpeper is dedicated to supporting seniors and their families. Throughout the county there is a strong network for older adults, including Aging Together and Foothills Area Mobility Services. Community service organizations, such as Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services and the Piedmont United Way, are designed to give seniors a fulfilling retirement.

Culpeper also knows being healthy isn’t just about the physical. That’s why they have specialized clinics that provide service in mental health and chemical dependency, as well as thirty-six churches that represent a variety of Christian groups and ministries. Nearby Fredericksburg is home to a large Jewish synagogue.


Many people ask, “what is there to do in Culpeper?” Plenty!. Culpeper is the geographic center of Virginia’s most loved attractions. Located between the Washington D.C. skyline and Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Mount Vernon and Monticello, Luray Caverns and Kings Dominion, and the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Ocean, there is never a shortage of adventures. Hop on the Amtrak Trainthat stops in Culpeper or make a short trip to Charlottesville Albemarle Airport offering 50 daily non-stop flights, and your world becomes much larger.

Throughout the year, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and other organizations host many festivals and special events that satisfy the 450,000 people who live in Culpeper and its surrounding counties. For example, February’s Mardi Gras Celebration, April’s Gnarly Hops and Barley Beer Festival, May’s Wicked Bottom 5K, the summer Third Thursday Concert Series, June’s CulpeperFest, an old-fashioned Fourth of July Festival with a Car and Bike Show, September’s Culpeper Fiesta and Hop N Hog Festival, a fall Farm Tour, October’s Air Fest, a Holiday Open House and more.

Even history buffs will find Culpeper and its surrounding counties rich with places of historical interest, including many Civil War battlefields and Colonial posts. The Culpeper Town and County library have a collection of approximately 34,000 volumes, including a sizable collection of works on local history and genealogy. The Museum of Culpeper History, located at the historic train depot, houses a Museum Shop and multiple exhibit galleries including the Native American Gallery highlighting the Manahoac Confederation, Colonial Gallery, Civil War Gallery and Culpeper in the 20th Century. The Museum of Culpeper even has a Triassic Exhibit that documents the age of dinosaurs in the Culpeper region and hosts a Dino Walk every summer. Just outside of town is the National Audiovisual Conservation Center, the Library of Congress’ audiovisual archive, which regularly holds free screenings of classic films.


A community filled with people who enjoy the outdoors, Culpeper maintains eight local parks with playground and picnic facilities, inside and outside the town limits. Additional ball fields and athletic facilities are available at area schools and used extensively for group recreational activities sponsored by the Town of Culpeper, area churches and civic organizations. Golf, swimming and tennis can be found at the private Culpeper Country Club and swimming and tennis at the private Culpeper Rec Club. Area rivers and lakes provide ample freshwater fishing, swimming and boating. Lake Pelham Adventures Park, owned by the Town of Culpeper, offers affordable canoe, kayak, paddle board and paddle boat rentals perfect for warm, sunny weather. And sportsmen find the regional hunting to be productive with an abundant supply of deer, quail and small game. A local movie theater, roller skating rink and bowling alley are also ready to entertain on rainy days.

Culpeper is located near several colleges and universities, one being just east of town, Germanna Community College – Daniel Technology Center. The 39,000 square-foot facility was specifically built to support workforce development and technology training. It features a manufacturing technology lab, computer tech lab, training suite, interactive video theater and a conference center seating up to 600 people.

The community’s love of horses is also part of Culpeper’s heritage. Numerous horse breeding, training, and fox hunting farms add to the landscape’s charm. Five miles south of the Town of Culpeper is Commonwealth Park, a premier equestrian facility with grandstands, indoor and outdoor riding arenas.  The park attracts top riders on the national and international circuit through the HITS Culpeper Show Series.

Winning the ‘Great American Main Street’ award in 2012, Culpeper’s Downtown offers a wide variety of shopping, dining and historical landmarks, while the relatively short travel distance to Washington, D.C., Charlottesville and Fredericksburg easily opens access to an even larger array of entertainment and cultural activities.

In Culpeper, quality is valued over quantity. Culpeper people remain true to their history but open to changes and advancements that  drive their community forward. Culpeper offers young professionals a place to dig in, new families room to grow, and lifelong lovers an opportunity to embark on adventures. It is difficult to find the relaxed, yet driven, mentality Culpeper so naturally possesses. Come see for yourself.

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