Bethel Builders is your new home builder in Culpeper County, Virginia.
Its county seat and largest population center is Culpeper, the only town in Culpeper County. Although the Town of Culpeper has experienced explosive growth in recent years the county as a whole has remained extremely rural.
At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that became Culpeper County were a Siouan-speaking sub-group of the Manahoac tribe called the Tegninateo. Culpeper County was established in 1749 from Orange County. The county is named for 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. 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.[dead link]
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 in “Clayton’s old field” on the Catalpa estate, 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. The Culpeper Minutemen were again organized for World War I, and joined the 116th Infantry.
Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1827 to 1834, was born in Culpeper County on January 21, 1784.
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 General A. P. Hill.
The town of Culpeper was rated #10 by Norman Crampton, author of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America,” in February, 1993.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 382 square miles (989.4 km2), of which 381 square miles (986.8 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.33%) is water.
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