Culpeper County

From the Rappahannock to the Rapidan, PEC works to protect Culpeper’s rural character, environment and historic resources.

An aerial view of an open-face dirt hills of an open pit gold mining, with green/brown tinted retention ponds and construction vehicles.

Metal mining in Virginia risks public and environmental health

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Gold mining historically occurred throughout Virginia in the gold-pyrite belt, including substantial operations across the PEC region in Orange, Culpeper and Fauquier counties. Now, half a century since metals were last mined commercially, the threat has resurfaced ...
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Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

Your Support is Doubled for Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back to organizations and causes you care about. Today on November 30, your donation will go twice as far thanks to the generosity of a longtime supporter who is offering a ...
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aerial photo trees, houses and buildings in culpeper with mountains in background

Weigh In: Culpeper County Comprehensive Plan

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Culpeper County is undertaking a review of its existing Comprehensive Plan and needs your feedback! ...
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Maddensville Historic Site, Civil War Memorial, is dedicated before a crowd of 200 in Culpeper

Maddensville Historic Site, Civil War Memorial, is dedicated before a crowd of 200 in Culpeper

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On the stunningly sunny and crystal clear, crisp morning of Saturday, Nov. 6, just ahead of Veteran’s Day, some 200 people from far and wide came together in rural Culpeper County, Virginia to dedicate a new Civil War memorial site ...
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photo contest finalists 2021

2021 Photo Contest

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we need your help to select the winners! Voting is easy — first, check out all the photos in the slideshow! Then, use the form to select your favorite finalist from each of our categories: Beautiful Landscapes, Native Plants and ...
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three images: aerial of farmland and river, an old white church, and old big grey house with white pillars

Learn About the Proposed Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District

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On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m., PEC hosted a virtual community meeting to learn about the proposed Rapidan River – Clark Mountain Rural Historic District and our work to get it listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the ...
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On the Ground Updates – September 2021

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A series of short updates from around the PEC region - Albemarle & Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock ...
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Conservation Outcomes from a Speedy Special Session

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Well, that was fast! Less than two weeks after gaveling in on Monday, Aug. 2, the Virginia General Assembly concluded its special session on Tuesday, Aug. 10 ...
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Freshly butchered steaks on a metal table.

New skilled meat cutter training program will help region’s meat processors serve Virginia cattle farmers

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A recent study by The Piedmont Environmental Council and American Farmland Trust, spurred by pandemic-related breakdowns in national and local food supply systems, has led to the development of a new meat-cutter training program to be offered by the Rappahannock ...
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An African American cemetery near Achsah, in Madison County

Undocumented Cemeteries & Burial Grounds

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A severe lack of documentation contributes greatly to the loss of cemeteries and the stories they represent. We need your help! ...
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