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September 13, 2010 / My Rappahannock Home

Fall in the Mountains! Breathe in,…breathe out…breathe in again…


It’s that time again! Don’t miss it!

Fall in Rappahannock is undoubtedly one of the most incredible sights anywhere on earth, and we, the natives, tend to take it for granted. Guests visit from all over the globe photographing, writing about, singing about the beauty of this place, and still we take it for granted.

I remember coming home to Rappahannock to see my parents off and on from my college days until several deca…., let’s just say “years” later,…and longing for the sights and smells of fall in this amazing place. That’s right! The smells. There is nothing like the smell of autumn in Rappahannock! Damp leaves, bonfires, cool breezes blowing across a recently moved hayfield, apples….well, perhaps that’s apple pie I’m smelling, but nonetheless, the smells are hypnotic. The memories they evoke are special, happy times from my childhood.

We fianlly moved back to Rappahannock when our son was born and I’ve spent my time here trying to recreate those memories for my son and my Michigander (by way of Colorado) husband.

Check out some (or all) of the following events to experience the sights and smells of Rappahannock this fall. Maybe I’ll see you there!

  • In October, there will be apple butter making in Amissville. They’re always looking for extra peelers and stirrers. You should stop by!
  • The Trinity House Tour is the 3rd week-end in October every year. Always a treat!
  • The Annual Farm Tour is the Last week-end in September. There is nothing like the smell of hay…. and I actually like the smell of certain livestock! Go figure!
  • The Child Care and Learning Center hosts their annual auction the second week-end in November in the Old Washington School. Scents of books and oiled floors linger.
  • The Artists and Studios Tour is the first week-end in November. Breathe in the scents of oil paints and acrylics. Just don’t breathe in too agressively!

If you decide to buy something that you see, send me a quick email at I’ll be glad to help you!

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