My husband and I went to Culpeper to take some pictures. There was a James Newman who was a trustee of Jeffersonton. This James was a large land owner (3,000 acres) in Culpeper’s earliest days. I’m not sure where he fits in with the Newman’s yet. Unfortunately many early Culpeper wills have been lost from war, etc. The picture of the sign and two churches are from Jeffersonton, which is about 12 miles north of the town of Culpeper. We also visited the town of Culpeper. Our third and final stop, was Racoon Ford. The Culpeper side of Racoon Ford used to have mills and was a thriving area. Today there are only some large homes that remain. We drove through very swampy areas with lots of vines hanging from trees, on an unpaved road, for several miles to get to Racoon Ford. Then we saw this large open farm, which is the picture at the bottom of the Culpeper pages on this website. (Also pictured below) About another half mile down the road is where the ferry area would have been across the Rapidan River, the boundary between Culpeper and Orange Counties. Hope you enjoy the pictures, -Julie
PS. After our visit, I found a website about Racoon Ford. It called the road we traveled on and where we took this picture “the Algonquin Trail” heading south toward Raccoon Ford. The hills visible are in Orange County.
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