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Culpeper County, Virginia
Seal of Culpeper County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Culpeper County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Seat Culpeper
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

382 sq mi (989 km²)
381 sq mi (987 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.33%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

34,262
91/sq mi (35/km²)
Founded 1749
Website www.culpepercounty.gov

Culpeper County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 34,262. Its county seat is Culpeper[1].

Contents

History

Culpeper County was established in 1749 from Orange County. The county is named for Lord Thomas Culpeper. During the Civil War the Battle of Cedar Mountain took place on August 9, 1862 and the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863, in Culpeper County.

In May 1749, the first Culpeper Court convened in the home of Robert Coleman, not far from where the Town of Culpeper is presently located. In July 1749, 17-year-old George Washington was commissioned as the first County surveyor.[2] One of his first duties was to lay out the County's courthouse complex, which included the courthouse, jail, stocks, gallows and accessory buildings. By 1752 the complex stood at what is presently the northeast corner of Davis and Main Streets. The courthouse village was named the Town of Fairfax after Thomas, Sixth Baron Fairfax.[3]

During the Virginia convention held in May 1775, the colony was divided into sixteen districts. Each district had instructions to raise a battalion of men ``to march at a minute's notice. Culpeper, Orange and Fauquier, forming one district, raised 350 men who came to be called the Culpeper Minute Men. The Minute Men, marching under their flag depicting a rattlesnake and inscribed with the words ``Liberty or Death and ``Don't Tread on Me, took part in the Battle of Great Bridge, the first Revolutionary battle on Virginia soil. The Culpeper Minute Men reorganized in 1860 in response to the impending Civil War and became part of 13th Infantry's Company B.

Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1827 to 1834, was born in Culpeper County on Jan. 21, 1784.

Over the past 25 years, the rural nature of Culpeper County has experienced increasing pressures from population growth due to the County's central location within the Northern Virginia region and the improved highway network that serves the area. Culpeper, wishes to maintain its rural character and avoid becoming a bedroom community to the nearby metropolitan area around Washington, D.C. However, the County recognizes the need not only to maintain, but to expand its economic base to support and address the needs of the citizens of the County.[3]

Culpeper was home to baseball Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey. Culpeper also produced pro basketball player Keith "Mister" Jennings. Culpeper produced country music star Kenny Alphin of the group "Big & Rich."

Culpeper County is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are quickly accessed beginning with Old Rag Mountain and the Skyline Drive just up Route 522.

Culpeper County is home to Commonwealth Park, site for many world-class equestrian events. It was here that actor Christopher Reeve suffered his accident during a competition.

Culpeper is home to famous battlefield at Brandy Station and the boyhood home to Civil War Gen. A.P. Hill.

Culpeper was once rated as one of America's best "Top 10 Small Towns".

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 382 square miles (990 km²), of which, 381 square miles (987 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Stafford County, Virginia - East
Orange County, Virginia - South
Madison County, Virginia - Southwest
Rappahannock County, Virginia - Northwest
Spotsylvania County, Virginia - Southeast
Fauquier County, Virginia - Northeast

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 34,262 people, 12,141 households, and 9,045 families residing in the county. The population density was 90 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 12,871 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.27% White, 18.15% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 2.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

U.S. Route 211 as it passes through Culpeper County

There were 12,141 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,290, and the median income for a family was $51,475. Males had a median income of $36,621 versus $25,985 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,162. About 7.00% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

Culpeper County Public Schools http://www.culpeperschools.org

Elementary Schools

  • A.G. Richardson Elementary
  • Emerald Hill Elementary
  • Farmington Elementary
  • Pearl Sample Elementary
  • Sycamore Park Elementary
  • Yowell Elementary

Middle Schools

  • Culpeper Middle
  • Floyd T. Binns Middle

High Schools

Communities

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Town

Unincorporated communities

Trivia

  • It was during the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association finals at the Commonwealth Park in Culpeper County that Christopher Reeve received his infamous neck injury rendering him a quadriplegic.
  • The James Reasoner Civil War Series is a 10-volume set of historical novels set in Culpeper, Virginia.
  • Culpeper has been featured or mentioned in many popular television shows such as Bones, NCIS, and The Sopranos.

Notable Residences

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ Abbott, W.W., editor. The Papers of George Washington: Colonial Series, Volume 1 (University Press of Virginia: 1983) p.9
  3. ^ a b Culpeper County Comprehensive Plan, 2005
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 38°29′N 77°58′W / 38.49°N 77.96°W / 38.49; -77.96


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== Culpeper County ==
Culpeper County, Virginia
Seal of Culpeper County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Culpeper County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1749
Seat Culpeper
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

990 km² (382 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
3 km² (1 mi²), 0.33%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

34,262
35/km² 
Website: www.culpepercounty.gov

Culpeper County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 34,262. Its county seat is Culpeper6.

Contents

History

Culpeper County was established in 1749 from Orange County. The county is named for Lord Thomas Culpeper. During the Civil War the Battle of Cedar Mountain took place on August 9, 1862 and the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863 in Culpeper County.

Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1827 to 1834, was born in Culpeper County on Jan. 21, 1784.

Culpeper County saw more action than any other county anywhere during the Civil War. Unfortunately, most of the men were away fighting at the time.

Culpeper County has changed from primarily rural to a bedroom community for Washington and its Northern Virginia suburbs.

Culpeper was home to baseball Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey. Culpeper also produced pro basketball player Keith "Mister" Jennings. Culpeper produced country music star Kenny Alphin of the group "Big & Rich."

Culpeper County is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are quickly accessed beginning with Old Rag Mountain and the Skyline Drive just up Route 522.

Culpeper County is home to Commonwealth Park, site for many world-class equestrian events. It was here that actor Christopher Reeve suffered his accident during a competition.

Culpeper is home to famous battlefield at Brandy Station and the boyhood home to Civil War Gen. A.P. Hill.

Culpeper was once rated as one of America's best "Top 10 Small Towns", but was on the list only for a brief period of time.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 990 km² (382 mi²). 987 km² (381 mi²) of it is land and 3 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.33%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 34,262 people, 12,141 households, and 9,045 families residing in the county. The population density was 35/km² (90/mi²). There were 12,871 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.27% White, 18.15% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 2.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,141 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,290, and the median income for a family was $51,475. Males had a median income of $36,621 versus $25,985 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,162. About 7.00% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

Culpeper County Public Schools http://www.culpeperschools.org

A second high school is currently being built which is to be named Eastern View High School and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. Culpeper High School is ranked one of the top public schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Towns

Unincorporated communities

External Links

Trivia

  • It was during the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association finals at the Commonwealth Park in Culpeper County that Christopher Reeve received his infamous neck injury rendering him a quadriplegic.
  • The James Reasoner Civil War Series is a 10-volume set of historical novels set in Culpeper, Virginia.
  • Culpeper has been featured or mentioned in many popular television shows such as Bones, NCIS, and The Sopranos.

Coordinates: 38°29′N 77°58′W / 38.49, -77.96

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